Rene Descartes said “It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.” What are your tips on using your mind well?

  1. A good mind that is well cared for is a clear one, in my opinion.

And clarity demands one see oneself, the world, and others, as clearly as possible.

Unfortunately, there are these pesky things called cognitive distortions e.g., black and white thinking, fortune telling, fixed mindset, minimization, etc.

They are the smears that distort the beautiful lens of our mind.

Too many smears and one’s life becomes a real horror show.

Everything becomes distorted, you lose track of the beauty in the world, and become engulfed in negativity.

You stop growing as a person.

Maybe you give up on a passion, abandon a lover, never break out of that horrible rut and start living, ad infinitum.

To use a mind well is to respect it and just like anything else you respect and cherish: you clean it.

The mind is no exemption.

Clearing away the smudges and cleaning the lens of one’s mind, every day, is saintly and pleases the universe.

After all, one’s mind really is consciousness, and the universe is the universal consciousness, we are but a tiny part of.

To clean the mind is to clean one’s small window that interfaces one’s body, brain, thoughts and emotions with crystalline reality.

Cleaning demands mindfulness, stillness, meditation, awareness, presence, understanding.

You have to be conscious: that you are conscious, and not merely your thoughts.

If you have a good mind the true test is whether you clean it, and take care of it by staying vigilant for distortions in your thinking.

By doing this you will be consented by powers greater than you to use your mind to its fullest extent.

A good mind is a clean mind, but left to its own devices a good mind like any other becomes dirty.

Using it well means imputing thoughts of grace, gratitude, joy, creative expression, and lots of loving thoughts about oneself and others into it.

It’s the oily rag that wipes the slate clean, my friend; doing this is the great task.

Only once this is done, meticulously, can one then precede to revolutionizing human thinking in accordance with an unclouded perception of the truth.

Recall, how Descartes insights in the meditations came while he was relaxing in his chair by the fire simply being mindful.

In this state of peace, only then, was he able to think great thoughts.

A clear mind is limitless in its potential.

Or perhaps, (a touch more soberly) a mind stands the greatest chance of realizing its fullest potential, when it’s cleaned and used well.

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When you learn to Think, those courses never offered, indicating that we are still experiencing the perpetuated, First Generation of man. Not one class in thinking provided. As such, when brought up to non-thinking people, not a spark shall be fired! Refuting kicks in naturally. The non-thinking don’t know what thinking is. Easy to SPOT! They admit NOT that which they do not know. They know nothing. They remember what was put into memory, not able to discern the Real from the Not real, within.

Those who understand a few acronyms can see it for what it really is! RAM (short term), CPU (Thinker), I/O (vision, hearing, feeling, tasting) Hard Drive (long-term)

Now let’s take this to show that in K-12, the process is an input through vision, hearing, interaction and the mission is to send the information into memory, WITHOUT WAKING THE CPU! Sneaking by it in a manner that DESTROYS IT. If the Thinker was awake, it would spot all non-real and Bust non-thinking people. An A+ student could be created with a programmable micro logic controller for $1.15. REPLACE THE CPU! THE CPU IS NOT REQUIRED, in a world with non-thinking people. Can you see it, or are thy blinders blinding thee?

They BELIEVE they are educated, and show letters after their names. And at no point has any of them brought up the fact that we have no Thinking classes. Not one is qualified to teach the Subject, not having reached Enlightenment. That destiny that requires Thinking. What a conundrum, eh? Would that possibly explain why we have the Hell on Earth we have? How much more must I explain?

“It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.”

And realize that people don’t know what is real, nor are they even concerned by the fact that they have ZERO THINKING GRADES!

Welcome to Tribulations! Where not a shot need be fired.

3.

I think the main thing is to use it no matter how good a mind you think you have. We are most of us not near geniuses but hopefully have some semblance of common sense.

We have hopefully been taught to know right from wrong and been socialized to help and share where we can and ought. And we are smart enough to know that good parenting can require being both tough and loving at times.

Many tips exist for using the mind well but all of those need not be applied. But some do apply generally like use it or lose it. Don t let fear itself be the only thing stopping you. Exercise your body to keep your mind healthy as well as one affects the other. Seek to know yourself. Listen first to be heard. Try to be loving – patient, tolerant, understanding.

Christianity is full of examples of better application of use of mind in practice for self and towards others as is Buddhism and their reasons for it – wisdoms are out there.

Try to develop character – longer lived values. Do not simply assume – know why you know or at least why you think it is sound. Do. Do not procrastinate. Have a purpose, contribute. Be good as you experience what it truly means – just do your best till you learn better.

Descartes contributed many quotable sayings. There is thinking and actions as well to good behavior and we know both good and not so good ways of being can come from mankind. Be careful of the seven deadly sins. Pride and arrogance can sneak up on the otherwise good mind. Narcissism is the opposite of what the quote suggests. Balance and focus are closer. So choose wisely and then act appropriately.

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Rene Descartes also said ‘I think therefore I am ‘, which was not using his mind well! It’s punchy, it’s memorable, but it’s not true, that famous statement!

Remember how Oscar Wilde made witty sayings by reversing the expected, such as in ‘I can resist everything except temptation’. So maybe Rene reversed ‘I am, so I think.’ We’ll never know, but thinking is not the natural use of your mind, and certainly existence, or Being is pre- everything else. My AM is not dependent upon my thinking. Proof: I cannot think and still be. So he got it wrong. But let’s thank M. Descartes, and move on.

The prime tip on using your mind well is what Krishnamurti called ‘Choice less Awareness’. I understand this to mean observing, or watching or witnessing what is going on. That is, what is going on now, both inside my mind and everything coming in through the senses from what we call the ‘outside world’? It includes body sensations, thoughts, feelings, memories, perceptions, in a word: consciousness.

The clue is to observe non – judgmentally. My habitual reaction will be to judge everything as good or bad, safe or unsafe, useful or useless, desirable or undesirable, in other words how I imagine it affects my self-concept/image.

So I must step outside my habitual reaction, see past it, to the interpreted event. I don’t add speculation, or meaning to what I am experiencing. Don’t say ‘this means…’ See whatever is there, just as it is.

To me this is what meditation is. Being quiet, open, receptive, and non-assertive. Because I don’t know. I might think I know, but I don’t really. I look for the spaces between thoughts, and when I find thought is absent I watch, look around, and go into it. It’s completely different to a thinking experience. You can even find you are astonished, that when thinking stops, existence does not!

If the brain thinks around 50,000 thoughts, and only 10,000 of those thoughts are positive, why are we thinking so negatively?

  1. There are a number of reasons for that imbalance, some of them purposefully miss-taught to you so that you remain easy for others to control. Fearful ones are very easy for others to control. A partial list follows:
  • Our primitive Egos developed to quickly react, unthinkingly, to possible dangers (they don’t act with accuracy; just react quickly);
  • Many Fear-driven people in society (who believe, falsely that they are ‘not enough, just as they are) try to teach us to stay in the many, weak states of Fear so that we are easier to control;
  • Many organizations and groups (including Religions, governments, Educational organizations and Corporations) believe that their power comes from keeping us as Fearful children, rather than courageous Adults; and,
  • Society, including those above, have had us quit using the process if guiding our teens into finding the courage needed for us/them to become Adults who could use that state to become positive (so, most of us are still just older, frightened, negative children at heart!). Adults are, after all, harder to control!

It is amazing, given all of that, that some of us do still choose positivity; often when we have given up doing what society tells us to do because that is too painful!

2.

We live a mortal life in a flawed finite world where more often than not corruption stands unchecked in every way shape and form. Our media feeds our negativity in movies, music video games, TV shows and in art even. The laws of thermodynamics state that all physical things that follow those laws experience entropy throughout all of their existence. Petty political bickering is more highlighted than solutions to aid mankind. The poor often want, but cannot have much that they desire/need. The rich often succumb to cravings that they can afford but these only lead to more misery. Why are we mostly negative? If science is right it’s actually a self-preservation method, you’re a lot less likely to fall victim to something if you focus on it. And even if it is negativity, focusing on it often keeps it fresh in your mind and a lot less likely to trip you up further down your path in life. If religion is right it is due to one of many different beliefs which somewhere states we have fallen from grace from any number of deities which has either lead to us cursing ourselves or they out of anger cursed us. If politics are right than at least someone is wrong and it is usually the minority as they have the least vote in their circle due to them being a minority. All in all the truth is that any way you look at it we as a species can recognize where and when we screw up. And sadly we screw up a lot. However, believe it or not this is a benefit as it leads us to further adapt, learn and grow as a better version of mankind with every step we take. As Thomas Edison said, “I didn’t fail 99 times, I just simply learned 99 ways how not to make a light bulb.

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Positive and negative thoughts are part of our life. Our thoughts are alive and active like viruses that multiply when active. They become forms and images and are electromagnetic force that attracts and repels thoughts of their own nature according to the universal law of attraction, “like attracts like”, pigeons fly with pigeons and sparrows with sparrows. Negative force seems stronger than positive one. A single negative thought, belief or emotion when exercised and imagined vividly and enjoyed will attract numerous beliefs and thoughts of their own nature relayed by other brains to pile up into a planet of negative force. This planet of negative force becomes an active hub to attract many thoughts of same nature and goes on and materializes into a negative and unwonted result as an event/events or objects in physical world. Therefore we must be very careful about each moment in life what we think and believe because that will be materialize as our experience and personal reality in physical world. Powerful positive emotions against negative thoughts to be generated for productive and positive result and atmosphere in life.

Why do people say money is the root of all evil?

Dear readers.

  1. So you think that money is the root of all evil?” said Francisco d’Anconia. “Have you ever asked what the root of money is? Money is a tool of exchange, which can’t exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value.

“When you accept money in payment for your effort, you do so only on the conviction that you will exchange it for the product of the effort of others. Those pieces of paper, which should have been gold, are a token of honor your claim upon the energy of the men who produce. Your wallet is your statement of hope that somewhere in the world around you there are men who will not default on that moral principle which is the root of money. Is this what you consider evil?

“To trade by means of money is the code of the men of good will. Money rests on the axiom that every man is the owner of his mind and his effort. Money allows no power to prescribe the value of your effort except the voluntary choice of the man who is willing to trade you his effort in return. This is the code of existence whose tool and symbol is money. Is this what you consider evil?

“But money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver. It will give you the means for the satisfaction of your desires, but it will not provide you with desires. Money is the scourge of the men who attempt to reverse the law of causality the men who seek to replace the mind by seizing the products of the mind.

“Money will not purchase happiness for the man who has no concept of what he wants: money will not give him a code of values, if he’s evaded the knowledge of what to value, and it will not provide him with a purpose, if he’s evaded the choice of what to seek … Is this the reason why you call it evil?

“Or did you say it’s the love of money that’s the root of all evil? To love a thing is to know and love its nature. To love money is to know and love the fact that money is the creation of the best power within you, and your passkey to trade your effort for the effort of the best among men. It’s the person who would sell his soul for a nickel, who is loudest in proclaiming his hatred of money and he has good reason to hate it. The lovers of money are willing to work for it. They know they are able to deserve it.

Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged (Francisco d’Anconia’s “Money Speech”)

  • Money represents simply the trade, between two human beings of equal rights and equal moral worth, of the best that each has to offer to the other, voluntarily, and to mutual benefit. It represents the maxim that no human should be treated solely as a means like an object but always also as an end: a being with a mind and human rationality, who has their own ends.
  • It represents the mechanism by which, when placed in a consistent framework of freedom and liberty and humanistic values, our system of production has lifted an incredibly amount of people out of poverty, and provided an unimaginably high standard of living to everyone who takes part in that system.
  • Money is not the root of all evil it may cause some people to act in evil ways, based on a misapprehension of reality, ethics, and what money stands for…but many other things have and do cause people to act evilly, in history and in our time.
  • Neither is the love of money the root of all evil, or any evil not when money is properly understood for what it stands for, not when you understand how money is properly made. The love of money as an end in itself, instead of a means of trade, is a mistaken love to be sure but it does not lead to evil unless there was evil already in the heart of the lover; it only leads to sadness and emptiness. Money cannot, as Francisco says, give you values or happiness.

I leave you with a final quote: “Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is the root of all evil. That sentence is the leper’s bell of an approaching looter. So long as men live together on earth and need means to deal with one another their only substitute, if they abandon money, is the muzzle of a gun.

Do you agree that “the love of money is the root of all evil”? Why or why not?

2. The Apostle Paul allegedly said that “the love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:10).

I like to give the Apostle Paul the benefit of the doubt — even if it was his Amanuensis (or even Timothy himself) who really wrote that.

Yet we must first of all remember that the Apostle Paul was not the equal of Jesus of Nazareth. This is the key point. Fortunately, the Apostle Paul was always humble enough to admit that. Paul admitted that sometimes he wrote under inspiration, and sometimes he didn’t. Here are five famous examples:

  • “To the rest I say — I and not the Lord — that if any believer has a wife who is an unbeliever…he should not divorce her.” (1 Cor. 7:10-12)
  • “Now concerning virgins, I have no command of the Lord, but I give my opinion.” (1 Cor. 7:25)
  • “In my judgment she is more blessed if she remains as she is. And I think that I too have the Spirit of God.” (1 Cor. 7:40)
  • “What I am saying in regard to this boastful confidence, I am saying not with the Lord’s authority, but as a fool.” (2 Cor. 11:17).
  • “I do not say this as a command…and in this matter I am giving my own advice” (2 Cor. 8:8-10)

So — even though there might be some inspired, Divine truth in Paul’s extreme claim about money — we can also find some fault in the wording — for one thing, it is an overstatement.

People commonly misunderstand Paul — and that is the main problem. I am not speaking of my own accord here, but I am actually imitating Scripture. Here is the Apostle Peter’s opinion about the Apostle Paul’s writings:

  • So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him…in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction. (2 Peter 3:15–16)

In other words, we must be extra careful when we read the words of the Apostle Paul. The Bible warns us against this. Paul is not Jesus. Paul is not the equal of Jesus, although strict Bible literalism will insist that all Scripture is equal. The Bible itself warns us that this isn’t the case.

Now, back to the original question. What about Paul’s claim that “the love of money is the root of all evil.” There is a certain sense in which this is true —but one must be careful to narrow the scope to these very narrow cases.

In other words — money itself is nothing but a way to make Barter easier to manage. That’s all it ever really was. People will always trade and barter. Even small children at lunch time at school will trade and barter. So, money as a medium of trade and barter is not evil in itself.

So we must be careful, since too many people misunderstand the Apostle Paul to say that money itself is the “root of all evil.” Yet he didn’t say that. He said that the love of money is the root of all evil.

Now — even that is an overstatement, as it stands. If some miser somewhere loves money, it hurts himself and his family, sadly, but is that truly “the root of all evil?”

Here is where it becomes complicated. To give the Apostle Paul the benefit of the doubt, we must compare the most Evil Event we can imagine in modern times, and seek out where money played a major role.

The most Evil Event I can imagine is the Holocaust during the Nazi epoch. So — did money play a major role in that? Did the Scientists who participated and worked overtime to make the institutions of genocide effective — did they work for money? Did they get plenty of money? Would they have performed those vicious and sadistic acts unless they got money?

Here is the narrow scope in which I will agree with the Apostle Paul. When enough Government truck loads of money are delivered to teams of Scientists in order to accomplish the greatest Evils that Governments can possibly do — the people who personally receive that money and perform those sadistic crimes have clearly made a link between money and Evil. In this narrow sense alone, they have shown a love of money. That’s as far as I’d agree with Paul.

Yet it still lacks the perfection of accuracy. The TRUE ROOT of the TRULY EVIL is our own inhumane, sadistic urge, which shows forth in the Master/Slave dialectic as described by Hegel (1820). This urge still threatens to erase Freedom in the world. It will use any means possible — and money is only one of the many possible means.

The ROOT of EVIL is the SADISTIC URGE, pure and simple.