Thinkadelics: Explore a way to expand the mind to think about life
Thinkadelics is one of the few blogs on Pathéos which provides a secular voice to counter a wide range of religious viewpoints. I’ve been blogging here since August 2020, and it’s a pleasure to be able to present a free thinker’s perspective on Pathéos.
If you follow my blog, you know that I have covered a lot of ground this year writing on topics like religion, politics, news, the environment, and even meditation. I even added a few creative writing articles along the way. And I’ve learned by experimenting and changing things that readers here on Patheos find some of my posts more interesting than others.
As another year begins, I thought it was time to refocus my attention and go back to my roots on why I started writing for Thinkadelics in the first place. So this weekend I took the time to rewrite the description of Thinkadelics which you will find posted in my top menu as The art of free thought. I also posted it below for this Monday’s post because it offers a really good summary of how and why to become a free thinker.
Thanks for checking out Thinkadelics this past year. For contributing with your comments and ideas. Hope you will stay with me (or join me) for another year!
what Thinkadelics mean?
I call this blog Thinkadelics, because I like to write in an engaging way to express unique perspectives on topics that readers may not have considered. But I also think it’s important to offer content and solutions. There are many forums and websites that offer little more than a battleground for atheists and believers to insult each other. Creating an atmosphere where people can find common ground and grow spiritually is much more difficult to accomplish. It requires both reflection and reflection.
If you’ve had enough of the argumentative fodder, consider sharing your own perspectives here on Thinkadelics.
Create an open mind
There is an art of free thinking, that’s why I refer to Thinkadelics as the Free Thought Art. Being an artist requires bold, creative thinking that breaks standards and produces something original. For a free thinker, the most effective way to break norms is to break into traditional ways of thinking about life.
This is best accomplished by escaping organized religion; by freeing oneself from the obligation to think and act within the limits of a particular religious tradition. As we all know, there are thousands of religions or philosophies that a person can choose to follow. Each religion has its own set of beliefs, its own customs and culture, its own unique worldview. Getting out of these hardened mindsets is crucial.
Yet there are other traditional and systematized ways of thinking that a person should challenge. These have to do with the values we share in our respective countries, the customs we follow, the policy ideologies we attribute, the social mores we adhere. All of these areas help lock in our thought patterns and should be questioned frequently. In addition, we must be aware that religious beliefs influence these other areas as well. Which gives an even greater impetus to consider all the influences in our lives that affect our ability to think freely.
Free thinkers appreciate a higher level form of thought
Learning to identify and break these traditional thought patterns is the first step in becoming a bona fide free thinker. Mastering the art of free thought, however, takes a bit longer. The main reason is that the purging of supernatural and mythical beliefs from the mind can take years. The ultimate goal of becoming a free thinker is to acquire a higher level thought form.
I realize that I am becoming a philosopher here – but it is true – and there is a simple way to illustrate what I am talking about.
Imagine for a moment that a child was born in a remote jungle and never had the chance to travel and talk with others who live elsewhere. This child only learns to follow the social norms of his family and the customs of his tribe. His only spiritual outlet is to practice the rituals and adhere to the beliefs of his people. Given these restrictions, it is easy to see that this child is doomed to understand the meaning of life through a single point of view, collective, singular.
Now imagine another person who lives in another place in time where they have access to an unlimited amount of information about anything. He can learn about the beliefs and perspectives of all religions, and the social and cultural customs of anyone living in any country in the world. It can also study the pros and cons of any known political ideology – or any ideology for that matter. In other words, that person is free to learn everything about anything, and most of this knowledge can be easily discovered just by using the smartphone in their hands.
The main difference between these two individuals is that one has access to much more information than the other. All of this data doesn’t matter, however, if that person isn’t interested in learning how other people live or think. You see, a free thinker is someone who has tamed their prejudices and is ready to get rid of their preconceptions. He or she has come to recognize that they should not blindly follow any religion, ideology, political belief or social customs.
It’s about discovering the truths of life
For example, to better understand the subject of religion, learning and living within the confines of a religious system will learn very little about religion, let alone spirituality. In order to better understand the effects of religion in our world, free thinkers should be willing to investigate the teachings and practices of all religions. Likewise, to better understand the concepts of spirituality, a free thinker should be willing to explore any known spiritual concepts (think yoga and meditation) that people believe enhance spirituality.
To develop the analogy, a person who remains isolated within their own social, cultural or political bubble will have a limited outlook on life. For this reason, they are likely to lack tolerance and harbor prejudices, as they are inclined to think that their own way of life is better than that of others.
It all probably seems obvious. Simply put, the more a person understands some things they are smarter, and the more they know a lot of things the wiser they become. A free thinker who is open-minded and ready to explore the merits of any aspect of life, especially those that differ from his current understanding, is simply going to have an intellectual advantage. They will benefit from a higher level of thinking.
This is pretty much what it means to be a free thinker and how one goes about becoming a free thinker. Yet it is also a good summary of what Thinkadelics and the art of free thought is all about: encouraging people to break free from religion, become better free thinkers, and provide a friendly and stimulating forum for people share their ideas. .
Related Thinkadelics articles:
The art of being a free thinker
Would you rather be right or wrong?