Cause and Effect (The Thinking Revolution)

Think: Cause and Effect

It does seem a little strange, that my awareness at the moment, is drawn to people’s inability to consider cause and effect. The ability, to think before actions or words, by considering cause and effect, seems to be lacking.

“From youngsters experimenting with recreational drugs, to adults conversing with each other. Considered thought, in respect of cause and effect, would potentially either save a life, or a relationship, respectively.”

We might be tempted to say, considered thought, before taking an unknown drug at a festival for example, is to suggest we must be frightened of the potential effects. To this, I would say, yes, there are times when a little fear is of value. There are many people who would still be alive today, if a little fear over drugs, had been properly instilled into their minds when young.

On a personal level, if my authoritarian biological father, hadn’t instilled so much fear within me as a child, my ‘experimentation’ with recreational drugs, may well have put me in the graveyard with so many others. Never moving beyond mild drugs, because I was too frightened of the potential effects, was the result of a complex created by my father’s fear. Having said this though, authoritarian (fear) will never be the best method of helping our children live longer lives. We mustn’t fear for their lives as this can stifle them; authoritarian, can be extremely limiting.

And so cause-and-effect-thinking doesn’t always have to involve fear. The consideration: ‘if I do this I might fall and hurt myself’ is of course driven by the fear of imagined pain. However ‘if I do this I might experience something wonderful’ is how we overcome the fear. In this respect, it’s all about considering percentages and chance. In other words ‘If I do this what are the chances of success?’ If the chances of falling ill and dying from taking a recreational drug are high – because it’s unknown or from an uncertain source – then we must reject the potential of a pleasant experience.

When it really comes down to it, it’s all about thinking skills. Thinking skills that we must instill into the minds of our children. From the above examples, we can clearly see, it’s a fine line between the fear of a negative outcome, and the potential of there being a high-chance of a pleasant, life enhancing one.

Teach children how to think, not, what to think.

Are you ready for a life enhancing experience?