What I mean by thinking

When I get excited about the potential of the web to encourage us to think and share what we think, and when people accuse me of being unreasonable doing so, this is what I have in mind:

“Whether one is Catholic, or a Muslim, or Hindu, or a Communist, the propaganda of a hundred, two hundred, or five thousand years is part of [the] verbal structure of images which goes to make up our consciousness. We are conditioned by what we eat, by the economic pressures, by the culture and society in which we live. We are that culture, we are that society.

Merely to revolt against it is to revolt against ourselves. If you rebel against yourself, not knowing what you are, your rebellion is utterly wasted. But to be aware, without condemnation, of what you are – such awareness brings about action which is entirely different from the action of a reformer or a revolutionary”

J. Krishnamurti

3 thoughts on “What I mean by thinking

  1. Nice quote. Krishnamurti doesn't say it out loud but of course the action he is speaking about is "re-action". Nothing worse than something reactionary.


  2. Hi Euan,Great to see some deeper probing into how we all think, and how unconscious we usually are.I think the best example of a respected management guru and organisational development thinker who directly draws on Krishnamurti-like thinking is Prof Bill Torbert.The practice he advocates of 'Developmental Action Inquiry' is partly based on the practices of the spiritual guru GI Gurdjieff, but also on the work of management thinkers Argyris, Senge et al.I talk about Torbert's work in a blog post here: http://bit.ly/bJraEVCheers,Matthew


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