Active thinking: thoughts which arise when you let your mind go empty and fallow.
Reactive thinking: you must read or expose yourself to external stimuli in order to think.
When do your thoughts come to you?
Active thinking: happens when you go on long and pointless walks, when working out at the gym (no headphones or music), when taking a shower or in the sauna, or when you let your mind wander or get bored.
Reactive thinking: always checking email, reading news, social media, etc. Inability to let yourself get bored and “do nothing”.
Do reactive thoughts have any merit?
I believe we need more active thinking. Perhaps these thoughts are more unique, higher quality, and contain more depth or profundity. Perhaps only active thoughts have true merit.
Reactive thinking: mostly a rehash of other (unoriginal) ideas.
Long story short, follow your own gut, obey your own taste, and cultivate yourself. Cultivate your own culture into yourself, and propagate it with others.
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