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I had been confusing thinking with the wrongful way I had been educated. I soon began to understand that thinking is deeply organic and intelligent and that education distorts thinking by requiring that we imitate other people's thinking rather than nurturing and respecting our own.
Thinking becomes a dancing bear, responding to other people's questions rather than remaining in its own natural pace and rythyms.
Proper education should help the student learn about and understand his own way of thinking, not to imitate someone else's thought.
The thinking part of who we are is brilliant and can learn anything, but we are taught many things that go directly against the natural wholeness of our own being.
Thinking was not meant to be a dictator. Thinking broadens and deepens itself by learning from our other modes of knowing, but it was never intended to be their boss. Thinking must have patience and allow room for deeper processes. Our education system hardly promotes this.
Thinking also works by focusing our awareness on differences but also by capturing those differences into generalizations, allowing us to both see how things are different and how they are similar. But because of one particular propensity, polarization, we frequently come to be lodged in only one end of a difference... we then assign the opposite...to another location or to other people.
And we can readily do this, for several reaons: