In a post last week, we looked at how most people follow blind impulses of their dominant thoughts, while people on the path of enlightenment proactively choose the thoughts they give precedence to.
The sage and the victim begin with the same DNA. When the victim makes a conscious choice to abandon his foolish thoughts and chooses to adopt wise one, he becomes a sage. You do this by practicing virtue.
Socrates saw this essential oneness of virtue and knowledge. Learning is part of developing wisdom, but it isn’t enough. We all know highly educated people who are clueless. It is only the choosing of wise thoughts, and then the doing of wise deeds, which lead to true wisdom.
Foolishness and wisdom, ignorance and enlightenment are not just the result of thoughts. They are thought itself. So cause and effect, effort and results are determined by your thoughts. There can be no more compelling reason to become a critical thinker – and think about what you think about.