I think too much about things. I don’t even discriminate about what I’m thinking about. I remember that Heidegger once said something about a difference between thinking and philosophy. Heidegger encouraged taking long walks to contempate life and stuff. Good advice. Then again, Heidegger also encouraged National Socialism.
Which brings me to what I’ve been thinking about: thinking about thinking too much. It can really be a bad habit. This is a short list of what I thought about today:
- why are all the clocks in my house set to a different time?
- where is that smell coming from? (i know it’s not the refrigerator since i just cleaned that. can a microwave stink?)
- what’s going to happen on season 3 of The Walking Dead?
- i hear a meow but i don’t see my cat
- the toothpaste stain on my shirt is really noticable
- i don’t have enough gifs on my tumblr page
- really, where is that damn cat???
- three really is a magic number
- nicolas cage can’t be that bad an actor
With the exception of item #3, nothing that I thought of today was really worth thinking about –at least not thinking in the sense of Heidegger meant. My thoughts yielded no philosophical insight, no enlightenment, nothing. I could have literally taken my brain out of my skull this morning and my thoughts would have yielded the same result!
Can you believe that’s exactly the problem with thinking? Believe it or not, the problem isn’t when you substitute thinking for philosophy that you’ll end up thinking about
the downward trajectory of Nicolas Cage’s film career, but that you don’t think about the trivial stuff — the stuff that shouldn’t matter — at all. You see, that’s wha Heidegger really meant when he said we should think instead of philosophize. Thinking about things that shouldn’t matter sometimes gets us ’round to thinking about the things that do.