Philosophy #118

“It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.”
René Descartes, Discourse on Method


Oh!!! The mind, such complex realm of the unknown. Everyone has an idea of how it works, but nobody knows with complete exactitude WHY it works the way it does.

Descartes did it again, he left me thinking and analyzing every facet of my existence and even why I think what I think and in the way that I do. It is so phenomenal how words have the power to make you, break you or get you into a deep state of introspection. I know I am not the only one that sits in solitude and in complete silence to see beyond the words.

We are all spectacular beings thus we possess a MIND, but like Descartes says “It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.” This made me think about the people who read an insane amount of books and have a lot of information in their heads, (I am guilty of that crime) but they fail to use it. It is true that knowledge is all, but by the same token, knowledge is potential power.

Indeed, the brain is a muscle, but I also regard the MIND as a muscle that must be exercised on a regular basis if we want it to function properly. The words “Use it or lose it,” sums it all.

We could memorize and endless amount of information, but at the end of the day, do we really understand it? Schools are guilty of this, they try to produce superb citizens out of our children by administrating an endless number of tests and quizzes that after all only measure how well of a consumer they will grow up to be. If schools would only focus on truly understanding the development of a child’s mind, we would not have an endless amount of consumers (do not get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with consuming, as long as you use your head before buying something)

You might even know somebody that reads endless amounts of hours, building their vocabulary and utilizing big fancy words, but if they do not take advantage of that vocabulary to make a change in themselves first then they will never be able to change anything around them.

So as I was saying, (or as Descartes was saying) we were blessed with an unlimited potential to do what we want to do. We have it all to make a change, that includes a powerful mind that is capable enough to come up with solutions to the most complex of problems. It is not enough to be aware that we have one, we must use it and train it to think more critically.

Now, we are all different. We have different thought processes, we even learn differently; so in turn, our minds will work a little bit differently. Having a different way of thinking, entails that we have to have patience with others as well. We have to understand that our brothers and sisters, think and will think, completely different from us. Nonetheless, they are using their minds, not in the way we liked them to do but they use it anyhow.

My point is: It is not enough to have something in our lives of value, but what matters is how to use that which we possess and if we can make a difference in other people’s lives, then even better. Remember, we are ONE, yet at times we NEED to evolve alone so we can help each other, cause at the end of the day, “It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.”

Leave your thoughts about this quote, I am intrigued to read how you perceive this quote or how you can dissect it further. Thank you and don’t forget to think, for a thing will be just a thing, until you think beyond that thing.

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