Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World

Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World
Red Roses for You, My Sweet Friends ... Total Love.

My Sweet Friends

My sweet friends,

We grow closer to each other;

When we interact together and share ideas;

The common faith that we share,

Binds our hearts in one accord.

For sweet friendships last a life time,

When built on mutual respect, humility and understanding;

Throughout each different season,

We find we are one in life.

Sweet friends are there through times of grief;

And times when hope is gone;

Always there with encouragement;

So we can carry on.

I thank the Lord for you,

My true and faithful friends;

To fondly speak with you, whether we agree or not,

On this, our beloved blog;

For sweet friends will stay, no matter what;

Giving support.

Together, our hearts and minds truly unite;

With the amazing love of sweet friends.

In the spirit of true friendship,

Best wishes, my sweet friends;

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

I remain, yours truly,

B.B. Bakampa.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

ANALYSING TYPES OF THINKING AND CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS TO TAP GLOBALISATION BENEFITS IN AFRICA

By Lukyamuzi Joseph

(Humanist Association for Leadership, Equity and Accountability)

Thinking is the process of using one’s brain or mind to consider or reason on an issue or subject.

Globalisation is an on going process of international integration arising from interchange of world views, cultures, products and shared values and interests (New World Order).

Types of Thinking:

Critical thinking: A type of thinking in which doubts are always reserved for what is thought to be true. It involves thinking about the possible out comes of any course of action taken.

Innovative thinking: This is a type of thinking where new ideas are generated and developed so that they can create new opportunities and appropriate solutions to existing problems.

Brainstorming: Is a type of thinking based on group discussions. In this case decision making is based on deliberations and the thoughts of various discussion group members.

Reframing: Is a type of thinking in which we learn new truths and unlearn old falsehoods due to the latest information available before us. It also may involve redrawing our perceptions about personalities, situations and entities.

Insight: This is a type of thinking in which someone develops an idea out of the blue in an instant. Some also describe it as a Eureka moment. It may at many times be the result of meditation. Someone at once envisions an idea that turns out to be workable and appropriate.

Black and white thinking: In this type of thinking, one assumes that something is either or as if it can’t have a third or fourth angle to it. It has no consideration for middle lines. For instance, something can either be right or wrong and as such can’t be both right and wrong. This kind of reasoning polarizes society so much.

Intuitive thinking: This is a type of thinking in which there is no consideration for supporting evidence. Someone assumes something to be true and so takes it be so. This type of thinking is the basis for many pseudo visionaries. However intuitive thought can also be innovative if well incubated and developed and is at times taken as a field of philosophy.

Linear thinking: This is a type of thinking in which matters are only viewed from one angle of view. Some also call it sequence thinking where by one takes it that thinking should take a well defined pattern of procedure.

Open minded thinking: This is a type of thinking which allows one to be receptive to new ideas and dimensions of thought. Being open minded means one hasn’t closed one’s brain to new ways of thought. This though doesn’t mean buying every line of thought that crops up.

Humanist thought: This is a type of thought in which people engage in thinking while not tied by traditional, cultural or religious beliefs. This is meant to make people think freely so that their mind isn’t prejudiced by factors that border on dogmatism.

Critical Thinking Skills:

*Analysis; This means piecing up together different pieces of information and deducing what they lead to or imply. It could also mean discovering hidden intentions or unseen matters that require attention.

*Interpretation; This is getting the meaning out of something. It requires understanding something and then explaining your view about it to others or to yourself.

*Evaluation; This is about being able to assess the validity and flaws in statements or occurrences. It helps to separate the credible from the un-credible.

Benefits of Globalisation:

- Research made easy due to information being only a click away.

- Comparison in performance and standing. Knowing your standing and what others think of you is very vital for progress.

- E-commerce and its easing of trade bottlenecks.

- Communication made easy through cultural globalization such as languages.

- Increased competition helps companies and firms to up their game.

Analysis on Critical Thinking vis-a-vis Tapping into Globalization Benefits for Africa

Critical thinking would enable us realize that some of the things we know, might not really be so. That would lead to the search for proving the truths in what we take to be true and falsehoods in what we perceive to be wrong. For instance the notion that defense and security departments should always take the lions’ share of countries’ budgets; or the notion that our traditional medication systems are inferior to foreign ones.

Critical thinking would also help us re-define the relationships we have with major political and financial world powers. Should we take it that China loves us so much that it should set out to build for us roads, bridges and all other sorts of infrastructure?

Critical thinking should enable us put emotions aside and ask ourselves why some whites continue referring to us as apes and primates. Is it because we look so or behave so?  Should we continue showing we are hurt by such remarks or whether we shouldn’t and should just let such remarks pass? Are we Africans ourselves not racist and biased?

Brainstorming, if given its due respect, would ensure democratic governance unlike the present systems where countries’ leaders take decisions solely based on their own warped view of the situations at hand. For instance, are our country’s security concerns as what the authorities tell us and the resources poured in there? Are discussions like the one here by Pan Africans at Seascallop, talk shows on radio and TV and other public forums binding or reflected in decision making in the country’s running?

Humanist thought allows people to live their lives to the full. Many people are sometimes born talented but are bogged down by cultural and religious beliefs. You can’t sing a certain kind of music, can’t play a certain game, and can’t write a certain type of literature due to your beliefs.

* All things in this world begin as thoughts or ideas.

* No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking. ~ Voltaire.

* Belief is when someone else does the thinking. ~ Buckminster Fuller, 1972.

* The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking. ~ Albert Einstein.