“Mill’s defense of the feelings and the imagination has two components. The first is that bringing analytical power to bear on a problem is not enough, especially if one’s goal is to make the world a better place. Rather, one must have a certain kind of character: one must be a certain kind of person, a person who has both the ability and the inclination to take the products of analysis and reassemble them into a positive account, a structure not just of thought but also of feeling that, when joined to thought, can produce meaningful action.”
How to Think is a short book about the process of thinking, good, honest, productive thinking.
The idea that thinking isn’t thinking unless it includes a “positive” outcome directed from our human being (feeling) toward a potential for action, is a great idea. It’s an idea that would include ethics in design, substance with know-how, and individuality with mass, complexity perspectives. It is a worldview that includes reciprocity.
This type of deconstruction>construction also makes me think of how I read>write the world around me. How I have the ability to produce meaningful action via so many of the technology and mediums that I use.
More: I’ve highlighted a similar idea in recent books and tv shows that I’ve watched.
More: Also from How to Think is this fantastic quote “Knowledge may be analog, decision making is digital, that is, binary”
(“Non-perspective” is useful, but it’s a starting point not an end point.)