The one real danger is not thoughts but the lack of them. — Anon.
I googled the above to see who said this, but no such luck. If anyone knows please send me a comment. It certainly didn’t originate with me, but has been stuck in my brain for a good time. Maybe when I was reading about mindfulness the concept of mindless activity came up. Nevertheless, the above popped up this morning during my meditation.
I don’t think God gave us a mind to let it sit idle. Our duty is to put the wonderful brain we have to use. But the author of my anonymous quote isn’t worried about thought, but the lack thereof. She is worried that we allow others to do our thinking for us and we follow along mindlessly. There is a lot of discussion these days about government, institutions, and leaders, both political and spiritual, saying there is only one way to think. That my friends is indeed a “danger.”
I was talking to a friend many moons ago. I was complaining about lack of time to just sit and think. He said, “Webb do you think anyone who passed Einstein’s office at Princeton thought he was being lazy when he was simply sitting at his desk or in a comfortable chair? No, they would tell their classmates, ‘Hush, Professor Einstein is thinking.'”
I spend a lot of time talking about Lent and service, prayer, and sacrifice. But let me correct myself. We should also include during these forty days time to think.