By Naphtali Ukamwa
A research has shown that 70% of humanity do not think; 25% think they are thinking; and only 5% really think. What proportion is 5% of the human race with over seven billion people? Sadly, It therefore seems to me that almost every fifty persons you meet none may actually be thinking. None is using his or her mind?
The question is: how much of our minds do we have to use before our demise? How many of us are really thinking? These are points worth pondering. Figuratively, It seems to me that could it have been that we living in a world where some us do not even have mind not to talk of even using it at all? Again, as a matter of personal belief, ordinarily all of us have minds. The problem to be addressed in this write up is: To what extent have we used or can we use our mental facilities for personal productivity and communal development? The essence of life is personal and communal liberation. John Nash puts it that the best result will come when everybody does what is best for himself and the group( the community).
Creativity is in the sensitive ability to invent. The ability to create an original idea.the purpose of which is yo solve problems. Not necessarily the problems we created but those created by society. Every society is sick and it takes creative leaders to heal it. To this end, the mind must be put to work, for creativity comes from the mind.
We must learn to use the dynamic power of innovative minds yo transform the world around us. The problem with Nigeria is not the absence of mind, it’s that of unexplored innovative minds.
The best way to use the mind is to create signposts in it. We need to learn to think along a healthy thought lane. This is not a matter of hypothetical presentation. We must create our own thinking pattern, guide and structure to distinguish us from the mobocratic race of humans and animals. A well structured thinking signpost avail us the opportunity of recollect with ease and transform our ideas into those of angelic creatures.
We claim to be reading. How practical and innovative is it? How much of what is read can be recollected and put to inventive use at the end of the day? It is trite fact that about 95% of students read only to merely get good or excellent grades after exams. The iota of truism we miss is that we learn to be creative, and problem solving. Anything short of that prodigal. History would not have the records of Lord Denning, Lord Atkins, Einstein, Wright Brothers, Newton, among others, if only what they did was to merely pass exams.
We must start coming up with original ideas that we transform our world otherwise we will die mere birds of passage( people of no substance). The world never reckon with failures- people who can not invent a life time achievement. Invention is not only for those in the sciences. Every facet of life is sick and problematic and therefore needs creative people to build it.
Aspirations + inspiration + perspiration = innovative achievement.
To attain an achievement of a life time, we must make our brain sweat. It must be tasked and put into productive use.
Research has shown that mental signposts help to retain what is learnt. The process of life is a learning process. Each time we learn, the profitability of what is learnt is in the ability to recollect. Learning without the ability to recollect is as good as learning nothing. We must not just replete our minds with facts, we must take conscious steps to recollect and utilize those facts. By doing so we become creative thinkers.
Also, reading by writing is a very bad habit. It slows the learning process. It is better to read one page over and over again for ten minutes than to spend the whole ten minutes reading by writing. What is pivotal in the learning process is not the volumes of note taken, but the volumes of facts understood. Although note taking is very good, reading by writing is less productive. The better way is to read and afterward write from your understanding of the subject matter read. By so doing the ability of the mind to retain facts and boost understanding is enhanced. While it is advisable to make note, it does not mean we should take notes as voluminous as the text we are reading. Notes should be brief and subject-matter oriented.
We must learn to trust our minds and believe that we can retain facts by noting only key points and constantly ruminating over them. This is how we create mental signposts that boost recollection.
Naphtali Tobore Ukamwa is an orator, life coach, human right activist, and author. He is the author of The Vision Of The Great and he is working on his two books: The Battle of Norms in Nigerian Jurisprudence, and The Way Forward is Falling Forward. He is the founder of The Goldsmith’s House, a platform for recruiting stars out of the slums. As a poet, his poem “Court for Owls” won the Dorance Prize for New Generation African Poetry 2014, Swift Prize for Poetry 2012, among others. He is an undergraduate of law, University of Lagos.