Thinking is Dangerous Work

We start off life as children who harbor wildly creative beliefs because they aren’t yet able to check facts. But at some point, we should grow into the understanding of the need to leverage truth and facts. Nonetheless, some people hold firmly to their beliefs.

You didn’t come into the world with words. Words hide the truth and you’re imitating the words of an ignorant society. Most of what you say are not your words. They are constantly being created by people who don’t know what the purpose of life is. The bar has been set very low – be a good human.

To know a mango, you must eat it. Words keep you from seeing. You cannot know anything from thinking or talking or reading about it – you have to see it! When you understand something, you say, “I see.”

We’ve been raised in a society that exalts thinking, but thinking is not knowing. For instance, many religious movements are based on faith and belief as more people lose interest in religion. But this phenomenon isn’t limited to religion. Your brain translates your ideas and feelings into words just as you train a dog to obey your commands. Just because you’re putting sounds together in your head doesn’t mean you know what you’re talking about.

When you repeat a belief to yourself enough times, it becomes empowered. It doesn’t matter how crazy the idea is. But the same thing applies to truth. You’ve heard the truth, but since you didn’t repeat it enough, it didn’t supplant the incorrect belief.

The irony is that you don’t believe in believing. And there’s good reason – you’ve experienced and learned that if you accept ideas that have not been proven, the day will come when that idea will be proven false.

Where did your ideas about what you want to achieve in life come from? Are they your ideas? Could it be the thought that you decided about how your life was going to be just drift into your mind? Maybe you convinced yourself they are your thoughts. If so, where did those thoughts that you think you thought come from?

Thoughts constantly drift into your sphere of awareness, but you’re not the author of every thought that comes into your mind. We’re incessantly inundated with wrong words, ideas, and images from our environment, namely via social media, books, television, educational system, conversations with friends, etc., and we accept them without applying reasoning to nearly all of them. There is a part of your mind that is idiotic and chaotic. Stop and ask, “who’s in my mind doing the talking?”

There’s a special way of knowing which thoughts are your own. Meditate and focus on one thought until you slow down so you can inspect the thoughts that come into your mind.

You’re made in the image and likeness of God, a divine being, but if you believe you’re a human being, you’ll behave like one. However, if you accept the truth that you’re a divine being, then you’re more likely to behave like one.

You must go forward with knowledge, not belief. Where you have belief or faith, you’re going to have doubts. To believe is to accept an idea without evidence that it is true, but you should trust only what you know.

Thoughts direct your power, but beliefs drive your thoughts. However, the real power is not in the belief, but in the conviction of truth. The answer to all problems in the world is to know truth. Life is about following the truth. There’s no need to figure out what to do with your life. Instead, focus on always doing the right thing. Everything of value will be given to you from God, and not your mind. No matter how smart you think you are, you can’t live your life by relying solely on your intellect. Wrong thinking is your personal prison and the truth will set you free.


  • Kofi Adebayo

    Kofi Adebayo began his search for truth 40 years ago while majoring in philosophy in college. Even as a child, Kofi realized the world subsists on a web of intricate lies promulgated primarily by "intelligent" political, business, and religious leaders. He began with many years of independent study of African history, culture, and religion. Even after decades of discovery, Kofi believes he has only taken a sip from a wellspring of Black thought and achievement.