Monuments And Discourse Of Thinking, By Robert Musil And Martin Heidegger

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Thinking is a mental activity that helps us to solve problems, deal with situations, understand situations, take actions which helps us to move forward. Thinking means reasoning and to have an opinion. In the essay “Monuments “and “Discourse of Thinking “written by Austrian philosophical writer Robert Musil and German philosopher Martin Heidegger, the main concern is over the essence of thinking and man’s ability to cope with the modern technological era. The focus is to make the readers aware about what is wrong with the modern outlook and what is needed to solve this problem.
The kind of thinking we need to think of is “the thinking of the thinker”. Calculative thinking is used when we are planning, researching and organizing with intentions of them serving a specific purpose. Thinking calculative means thinking how to achieve goals. Meditative thinking is impractical. Meditative thinking means to observe, to ponder, to awaken an awareness of what is taking place around us, by staying focused and not being detached from reality. When Martin says, “in flight from thinking” he means flight from meditative thinking as meditative thinking needs to be awaken. The mindset of our modern technological world opens only to calculative thinking and not meditative thinking. In his essay “Monuments” Robert described monuments as “invisible” and “impregnated with something that repels attention”. By this the writer is trying to convey the message that people are not paying attention to

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