An Instruction Article on How to Think Practically
Practical thinking is simple once you master it, but it seems complex if you have not even started on the path of practical thinking and common sense. This article may take a few times of reading to get it fully, but like common sense, the principle is simple to master once mastered. Thinking in practical ways with common sense can be the most creative, most productive type of thinking if thought of right and not boring at all. Sure, in fact, life and existence to be genuinely creative, must make sense before it can be genuinely creative. That is a key concept of practical or common sense thinking. Indeed, mastery and the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step and ends with knowing or the final step to the destination.
All mastery really takes is practice, repetition and full conscious and unconscious understanding of a subject. If mastery took the first time only or “beginners luck”, then there would be no point to anything, mastering anything or even learning. To say it right: Everything rational is a learning curve that leads to fulfillment. Everything irrational is an unlearning curve that leads to misery. I will explain the concept: Rationality and happiness are desirable emotions. Irrationality and sadness are undesirable emotions, even for those that claim to not want to be fulfilled or happy. In fact we can honestly say that fear drives those claims, in which fear is an irrational and undesirable emotion that is genuinely linked to sadness. In fact I can honestly say that fear is the opposite of mastery and all desirable emotions. Fear is impractical when you genuinely want to get things done. Genuinely practical thinking requires the utmost courage, to follow through even when it “looks like” it is not going to work. To change an approach and be genuinely adaptable and creative when you need to change the approach.
Being in love with the approach even when it does not work is the most genuine opposite of mastery. Indeed, to be adaptable and workable is the ultimate type of mastery. To be willing to work, to be willing to think, to be willing to live honestly is a sort of mastery. If it was not, then even the most adept person would never know what to do, and there would be pedagogical or learning infinities, meaning we would never learn what to do, there would always be a persistent question about what to do, and no fulfillment. Practicality comes down to self made certainty and honest acknowledgement of reality. Indeed, “the reality of the situation” is a phrase I always use, and a phrase that underpins all of my communications, articles and all. There is no exception here, nor will there be any exception in any of my articles.
Reality is what is, we can all agree on that as a realistic axiom. We exist, thus we must live. We must take action as well as take proper action. That is what makes practical thinking so important to life and existence. Sure I can take this article and cry foul about anything that does not agree with me at this point. But consider seriously what impractical thinking achieves. Nothing productive. Nothing that harmonizes with the reality of the situation. Nothing that works. Ultimate practical thinking is taking cognizance of all that genuinely works in every genuine way, sense and reality. Reality is what it all comes down to, and the point of all power is here and now. Future and past should be kept free of worry in practical thinking ideally and perfectly practiced. But also, as I said in other articles, perfection is not an actual condition, but just a measuring stick of life and existence. So, all we can all do is our best, nothing more, nothing less. Meaning, concentrate on the “cold, hard cash” of now as much as possible and adapt the best that you can. Controlling yourself is not just an overused bromide, it is the reality of the situation. Self-discipline, the same thing, absolutely. Life is only as good as it is disciplined, self contained, self controlled and practical. I did not say unsocial, but those four things: disciplined, self contained, self controlled and practical. Nothing else matters except that relation to yourself and all others rationally. That is the reality of all situations.