The Redundancy of Thinking - Speech

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Maria Kisich 2012 Speech Good evening adjudicators, ladies, gentlemen, teachers, students, bakers, butchers, doctors, bankers, shopkeepers, gardeners, mechanics, electricians, and any others I may have missed, my name, is __________. At this point in my speech, you may very well be thinking something along the lines of, “Isn’t that a bit of a long introduction?”, to which I would of course respond by saying, “Yes it is, but only because I thought about it.”. This conveniently leads us straight into what I’ll be discussing tonight, the redundancy of thinking. Now before any of the more argumentative audience members start kicking and screaming and telling me I’m wrong, let us carefully understand what I mean by the redundancy of thinking. We’ll start by considering what ‘thinking’ really is. The dictionary defines ‘to think’ as “To employ one’s mind rationally and objectively in evaluating or dealing with a given situation”. Furthermore, ‘redundant’ is defined as “being in excess; exceeding what is usual or natural.”. So now let me reiterate; when I talk about the redundancy of thinking, I talk about “the exceeding of what is usual or natural of the employing of one’s mind rationally and objectively in evaluating or dealing with a given situation.” Before I persuade you to see some of the many benefits in not thinking, I feel it better to first convince you of the issues raised by the act of thinking itself. I’ll start by talking about the age old expression “nobody is perfect.” – a sad and bitter truth in our modern world. What it is saying, is that, there is nothing you can do to completely avoid all and any mistakes you have the potential to make. I obviously disagree. Or rather, it doesn’t matter. Mistakes are only an issue if we think they are something to regret. The only reason we ever felt regret is because we thought about our mistakes. With that
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