How do you define thoughts? I have been wondering about this question for some time.
I decided to do a quick search on the net. The dictionary defines ‘thinking’ as:
“The process of considering or reasoning about something“
So I did what was obvious. I asked it what reasoning was. The answer:
“The action of thinking about something in a logical, sensible way.“
Turns out it is a closed loop. Here’s what I realised: Some things can’t be defined. They are a primordial concept, which are understood without the need of explanation.
But how well do we understand thoughts? Some call them a mental process. Yet some say thoughts are like solid bricks. They just exist. It’s only when you arrange them in a sequential order, that they start flowing and form a process. Like arranging images in a row and playing them to create a video.
It’s like objects continuously being thrown on a sheet and leaving behind imprints. Those imprints are what we call memories. They get deeper every time we observe them, as if the object had been thrown on it again. If you were to discard them, they would eventually fade away.
I ultimately came to the conclusion that with our current understanding it is a far-fetched notion to define something so complex.
So while ‘thinking about thoughts‘, It became clear enough that every idea and notion, has an origin. That origin in most cases, is a thought in itself. If it is so, before we think of anything, we must have had a parent-thought which makes us capable of processing the new one. Or alternatively, we can pick up a thought from a book, movie, or a conversation. In this situation, the parent-thought might originally be possessed by another human.
If we keep on going in this chain, the question arises: “What was the first thought?”
What was the primeval idea which has today made us arrive at a point where we are able to reason with complex possibilities? The notion which was born from nothing. There must indeed be a thought some ancient being had at some point, which was the greatest milestone in the evolution of the mind.
The answer to this question has the potential to change our understanding of ourselves.
What do you ‘think’? Let me know in the comments and do share this article with your friends.