1 Nov 2015

The importance of Just Thinking

In his master piece “Crime and Punishment” Fyodor Dostoyevsky places his protagonist Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov an impoverished ex-law student, who spends days laying on an old battered sofa in a tiny, dirty room where he lodges, his landlady’s servant Nastasya enters the room, asks Raskolnikov why he doesn’t leave his room and do something useful. This exchange takes place between them:

Raskolnikov: but I am doing something.
Nastasya: what? What are you doing?
Raskolnikov: I am thinking.
Nastasya:*sniggers sarcastically* Thinking!? And how much money have you made from your “Thinking”?

We live in a time where we constantly feel an urge to do something from the moment we open our eyes in the morning to check our mobile devices to the very last moment of the day when we.. um..“again” check our mobile devices! We never give much importance to Just Thinking. Most of the things we do on a daily basis we do mindlessly, such things are mundane of course; washing, having breakfast, driving to work, paying bills, locking the front door.. etc., we do them without needing to think, however, we also do a lot of things which deserve a lot of thought and attention without the thought or attention they deserve. We never look again! So many of our hurried, thoughtless replies, conversations, so many of nature’s beauty or nature’s ugliness requires us to stop, to stop and think, but we are always in a hurry, in a screaming rush.

Things are different at first glance.. look again.