Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Roll With The Punches

I'm not really a deep thinker... I know that's really hard to believe, but really, i'm not. I attribute the personality characteristic of "deep thinker" to people who have the educational credentials to back it up. Deep thinkers are people like C.S. Lewis, a man who could get some of the most difficult apologetic concepts into layman's terms. Philosophers and theologians are great examples of deep thinkers. I mean, look at their profession. They never have a definite answer, and yet they continue to search and logically work things through in their minds. I mean, I had to push myself to scrape by with a B in phiosophy, and that was after I did every extra credit opportunity presented to me.
Deep thinkers are people who publish book upon book about subjects that only phenomenally intelligent people can understand.

Fortunately for us "shallow" thinkers, our future professions are not based on how deeply we think, but how deeply we apply ourselves to the task at hand. Sure, there are some who just seem to stumble upon fame, fortune or their dream vocation, but in the end, we actually do have to work.

See, Americans expect everything to be easy, and carefree, as if any time soon, their perfect life will fall into their lap. The result is, well, fad diets, debt, bad relationships, and a horrible work ethic. We have become so accustomed to the easy accessibility of, well, everything. We shortcut so much that in the end, we don't even know what the heck it is we were doing in the first place.

Example: Sparknotes. Yes, I am guilty of utilizing this tool to brush up on my Shelley and Bronte, but do I really know Frankenstein or Wuthering Heights? Nope. Not at all. When I used sparknotes in order to make the A on that paper, I crammed tiny bits of information into my head and kind of fudged my way through the rest of the project. In exchange for the high grade, I recieved horrible study habits, and it has become a struggle for me to get through three chapters of a text book.

To Be Continued...

1 comment:

Brittney Galloway said...

Yay for an update! And, it was a really good one. I totally agree with you. I'd like to think that I'm a 'deep thinker', but I know I'm only about as deep as...um...I don't even know. Haha, and... I got a C in philosophy. Does that tell you anything?