William Golding 's Thinking As A Hobby Essay

2364 Words May 2nd, 2016 10 Pages
We are taught to think since the day we are born, but in order to think one must use thought or rational judgement which is an attribution must of us have not acquired. Four brilliant men propose their points of view on why people do not think. William Golding’s Thinking as a Hobby explains the three grades of thinking: grade one, grade two, and grade three. James Harvey Robinson argues that people are not capable of thinking to a certain level of degree and as a result, people do not make wise decisions. Mark Twain suggests that most of peoples thought process comes to be a result of corn-pone opinions. Additionally, Aldous Huxley argues that thinking is often shut down by overbearing voices and the improper use of technological equipment. All of these men are in agreeance that people do not think because of the fear of being ostracized, the fear of looking foolish, and simply because we are not capable of creating grand thought. Golding argues that people do not think because they mistake their emotions for thoughts and they are, to their detriment, social animals who feel more comfortable conforming to the group. For Golding, thinking is intellectually so demanding that few people are capable of it. The true thinker is someone who does not stop at the question “What is the truth?” but rather he or she sets out to find the answers to their questions. Golding explains the mechanics of grade three thinkers which are ones who feel instead of creating an actual thought.…

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