Thinking well is worth it, but it’s hard sometimes. Let’s examine both these ideas.
Thinking carefully and well sometimes requires us to reconsider beliefs on which our identity rests, and this can be uncomfortable. You can read more about that here: What Does It Mean to Think Well, and Why Is It Hard Sometimes?
The Thinker by Auguste Rodin. Grubleren, in Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
So is thinking carefully and well worth it?
Yes! Even though it’s hard and uncomfortable sometimes, thinking well is definitely worth it for these reasons, among others. Thinking well help you . . .
Develop clarity of mind.
Build confidence in solving problems.
Figure out your ethics and political beliefs.
Help you communicate better.
All these results of thinking well improve our life dramatically.
And here is another really important thing to know about thinking well.
Some people think that the main purpose of learning to think well is to disprove people’s arguments and be able to beat anyone in a debate.
Now, of course, winning arguments can be fun. But it should not be the main goal of learning to think well. And, in fact, if you make winning arguments your main purpose in learning to think well, you are much more likely to develop bad thinking habits. That’s because if winning is your main goal, you are much less likely to be humble and self-reflective, which are necessary habits if you want to detect and correct your own thinking errors.