On Thinking Too Much as an Artform

You may have noticed the tagline of my blog is “thinking too much as an artform” and I just wanted to reify that statement for you guys, as someone was asking me what that meant.

As some of you may know, it’s considered a problem to think too much in many cultures. Especially in religious communities, asking too many questions about the nature of things can get you in trouble. But I like to disagree with that.

I know when thinking too much can be a problem, and that’s probably why it’s not a problem for me. After all, there’s a difference between letting your imagination run wild with paranoia and actually doing good critical thinking. One of the ways ideas come about, great ideas that shape the world, is through concise critical thinking. Albert Einstein used to sit in his chair, smoke his pipe and just do nothing but think for hours and hours on end. Sometimes, however, great ideas just come to us by accident, almost like a fox stepping out of a cave in our subconscious minds. With that said, though, it’s still more likely that great ideas will come to us if we take the time to bring them forth rather than just rely on accidents.

So now let me precisely define what thinking to much as an artform is. With this list of answers, you’ll be able to know how to making an art out of thinking too much.

  1. Whenever you’re waiting in line or being idle without a choice, this is a great moment to look up at the ceiling and start to think. Start to ask yourself questions like “what am I going to do tomorrow to better my life?” or “how could my life improve if I change my attitude?”
  2. If you ride the bus or are able to think while driving, this is also a great time to practice the art of thinking too much. For example, pay attention to the mistakes people are making and learn from them. Ask yourself, “How can avoid doing what that homeless man did?”
  3. Start to learn when is a good time to think and when isn’t. For instance, if you’re having a conversation with someone it would be a mistake to listen to your own thoughts when you should be listening to your interlocutor.
  4. Practice sitting in a chair with some classical music after a long day and do nothing but think like Einstein did. I love doing this and it’s something most people don’t do. Indeed, thinking is very laborious and most people will do whatever they can to avoid thinking.

In the future I plan to speak of this more, when there’s more time. For now, I hope I got this concept a little more reified for my readers. There’s nothing wrong with thinking too much. In fact, I wouldn’t call it “too much” but I just call it that because it adds a little humor to the subject. Well, thanks for visiting and I hope to see you back again!