We control our emotions by controlling our thinking, so let’s make sure the foundation for our thinking is truly straight and will help us control our emotions in the way that is best for us. Thinking always gives birth to emotions. Our concern is whether they are emotions that we can happily unleash or ones that must be tightly restricted so as not to damage others or ourselves. For each person and for each country in this world, straight thinking will be determined by truth, accuracy, and values. The fight in many societies around the world is about all three. It has been from the beginning of time. It will continue to be until we find the truth, and love and peace come to reign in human hearts. In no way should our knowledge that this is not yet the description of our world diminish our passionate quest to find truth, accuracy, and values.
When We Fail to Demand Truth
Where truth fails to be a requirement of straight and honest thinking, falsehood and lies become rampantly believed by the unwitting and unthinking populace. People easily become victims of untrue statements if they are repeated often enough. If the thinking of some who we choose to follow is crooked, we often don’t pause to examine what we are swallowing. Even though all of us are aware of deceitful advertising (which is commonplace and whose goal is to persuade us to buy rather than to reveal the whole truth about a service or product), we often let it affect us for no more than cherished emotions. Who hasn’t been fooled by less than truthful marketing? When truth is not the basic concern of a society, it is open to being duped and, in some instances, controlled. Loss of intelligent decisions and of freedom are the sad results.
Accuracy Is an Essential Concern to Find Truth
Accuracy is a concern of truth, but it is also essential in the pursuit of truth. Beliefs must be the result of accurate thinking and fact-finding. It will always be our responsibility to evaluate what we see, read, and hear. When we lack full and complete knowledge, a reasonable understanding of all the known facts must undergird our thinking. This is the foundation of thinking that controls our emotions. Do I have the truth and is it the whole truth as far as I am able to determine? Am I circumventing the facts to pacify my feelings?
Our Values Are Shaped by Our Thinking
We don’t need to argue the need for truth and accuracy in our lives. It’s impossible to keep track of our financial condition without both. We rely on truth and accuracy in almost everything that affects our lives. Values are favorite targets of all those who don’t want to be limited by morals or ethics — but that’s another subject. Suffice it to say that no society can exist in peace without standards for the way we must live together.
When We Fail to Find Truth, We Pervert Our Values
Values arise out of straight and crooked thinking, too. Untruths and unexamined thinking lead to depraved values. A life based on perverted values leads to decisions that will make that life less than appealing to others and to us. Why, with only one life to live, do we want to settle for less than the best?
This Week’s Focus:
This week, double your quest for truth, accuracy, and rewarding values. Create a mind that loves all three by giving them a lot of attention. Attention is the way we feel loved and the way we nurture love in our hearts and minds.
The Way to Have a Healthy Mental System
Weekly Help for Your Mind/Brain
This weekly addition to my articles provides practical guidance for the application of commonly known facts about brain health.
Total health as far as our physical organs go is, first and foremost, caring for the brain. We all thought it was the heart, but consider these facts:
- We pay most of our attention to any part of the body that gives us the most feedback. Pain is feedback and we pay attention when we feel it. The heart can be felt when it is not doing well, whereas the brain can’t.
- We also think of our heart as life or death and we know we can’t do without a healthy pump. True, but read on.
- The brain doesn’t often send pain messages, so we forget about its needs until we notice a deteriorated, short-term memory or some other mental disfunction. Often, that’s too late for a full recovery. Damage has already been done*.
- The brain controls all physical factors in the body, including the heart. Therefore, it is more important than the heart.
- If the brain is sick, it affects the heart, too. The whole body is weakened as a result.
- The brain is the most delicate organ in our bodies and, therefore, requires thoughtful care and assistance from its owner. When we are receiving no negative feedback (and of course, no pain), we must still meet its needs.
- Solid bone structure encases the brain to wisely protect it; the heart has less protection.
- What feeds and keeps the brain healthy keeps the heart healthy.
- The brain is our number one concern for health and for how successfully we can achieve.
Next: The brain’s dietary needs, and then lots more before we talk about the mind.
* There are still things we can do to help our brain recover, but please don’t let it go that far. Take care of it from youth.
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