Can thought resolve our problems?


Can thought resolve our problems? By thinking over the problem, have you resolved it? Any kind of problem—economic, social, religious—has it ever been really solved by thinking? In our daily life, the more you think about a problem, the more complex, the more irresolute, the more uncertain it becomes. Is that not so—in our actual, daily life? You may, in thinking out certain facets of the problem, see more clearly another person’s point of view, but thought cannot see the completeness and fullness of the problem, it can only see partially, and a partial answer is not a complete answer; therefore it is not a solution.
The more we think over a problem, the more we investigate, analyse, and discuss it, the more complex it becomes. So is it possible to look at the problem comprehensively, wholly? And how is this possible? That, it seems to me, is our major difficulty. For our problems are being multiplied—there is imminent danger of war, there is every kind of disturbance in our relationship—and how can we understand all that comprehensively, as a whole? Obviously, it can be solved only when we can look at it as a whole—not in compartments, not divided. And when is that possible? Surely, it is only possible when the process of thinking—which has its source in the “me”, the self, in the background of tradition, of conditioning, of prejudice, of hope, of despair—has come to an end.


J Krishnamurthi, The Collected Works vol VI, p 333

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