Most People Just Don’t Think

Posted: February 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

There are perhaps 5% of the population that simply can’t think.
There are another 5% who can, and do.
The remaining 90% can think, but don’t.
— R. A. Heinlein

Thinking is man’s only basic virtue, from which all others proceed.
And his basic vice, the source of all his evils, is that nameless act
which all of you practice, but struggle never to admit: the act of
blanking out, the willful suspension of one’s consciousness,
the refusal to think — not blindness, but the refusal to see; not
ignorance, but the refusal to know. It is the act of unfocusing
your mind and inducing an inner fog to escape the responsibility
of judgment — on the unstated premise that a thing will not exist
if only you refuse to identify it, that A will not be A so long as
you do not pronounce the verdict “It is.” Non-thinking is an act
of annihilation, a wish to negate existence, an attempt to wipe out
reality. But existence exists; reality is not wiped out, it will merely
wipe out the wiper. By refusing to say “It is,” you are refusing to
say “I am.” By suspending your judgment, you are negating your
person. When a man declares: “Who am I to know?” — he is
declaring: “Who am I to live?” – Ayn Rand

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