I was once a smarty pants and had no clue about social justice issues.
I would never do anything to help my fellow citizens in the world.
I am an advocate for social justice, equality and empowerment, but I also believe in the idea of being an enlightened thinker, one that is constantly learning about the world and how it works.
So when the BBC’s Tangential Thought podcast asked me to explain the process of how I became an enlightened mind, I couldn’t resist.
“The thing that makes a person a ‘thoughtful thinker’ is their ability to analyse the world,” said Stephen Hawking, a philosopher and theoretical physicist, on the show.
“For the most part we tend to think of the mind as a blank slate, a blank page, a piece of paper.
But that’s not really the case.
It’s really a space where you can actually put your thoughts on paper and make them into something useful and meaningful.”
Hawking is not the only person to recognise the value of a thoughtful mind.
Stephen Hawking once said that “what is important to me is that I learn more about the nature of things than my colleagues”.
Stephen Hawking has become a champion of enlightened thought.
So why should we teach young people how to be thought leaders?
Stephen and I discussed the concept of thinking as an act of empowerment, which is how we think about thinking and acting.
We also talked about how the ability to think is important in helping us to act on our beliefs, whether we believe in a scientific theory or not.
We also talked about how a person’s intelligence may affect how they think.
So what’s the most important thing that a thinker has to do to become a thoughtful thinker?
We’ve come up with an easy-to-follow guide for aspiring thought leaders.
We want our kids to be able to think and be critical thinkers.
The key to becoming a thoughtful person is not necessarily having a certain degree of intelligence.
We’re talking about a lot of different things, so I think it’s important for young people to be exposed to a lot more things in the real world, to understand a lot less and to think more.
We hope that kids learn how to think critically about things, and to be critical of themselves, their beliefs and their world.
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