In Siddhartha, a merchant called Kamaswami tells Siddhartha, “Writing is good,thinking is better. Being smart is good, being patient is better. ” So for this post, I will be arguing how thinking is better than writing. Now writing is important, specifically writing and reading. For example, you would need to know how to read labels on dangerous chemicals to save your life or to write your signature on important documents. But thinking is more important. Why? Because if you’re like a robot and just read or write whatever is given to you. you won’t use writing or reading to the best of your ability. There wouldn’t be great literature like Harry Potter or Romeo and Juliet without some thinking.
Another example is when you’re drunk. When you’re drunk, you might give some private information that was never meant to be seen, which is bad with technology since anyone can share it instantly or screenshot it. Speaking of technology, when we turn on the TV, listen to music, and then try to type up a document for school or your job, things tend to be very tiring and difficult and you may end up just winging the document. Technology may make our lives easier with showers or computers, it may not help us think better. Ironically, even though teachers may ban chewing gum due to people leaving it under the desks, it can actually help you study. According to this website, people had faster reaction times and were more accurate when they chewed gum.
Writing by itself is only a form of communication; thinking is what makes the writing logical and important. Thinking in general is important. Without thinking, you have people touching stoves while they are being cooked with or people trying to jump off of buildings. Thinking is what drives humanity forward, writing is how we express those life-changing thoughts. Another argument for thinking over writing is how often you use both. On breaks, I notice I barely write anything (unless you count typing on the computer) while I use thinking almost every moment of every day from planning my break to calculating how much money I need to go to whatever restaurant I’m going to.
I mean, without thinking, writing would have never existed! You need intelligence to find the tools to write and to create a system of letters and numbers. Even in our sleep, we are thinking in the form of dreams. According to this article, we dream in order to make memories, reflect emotions, or just for the brain to cool off. As you can see, even when we don’t control our thinking process, we are learning new things, expressing ourselves, or just simply cooling off. Meanwhile, writing in its simplest form is just a bunch of letters and numbers and symbols. Sure, writing is a sign that we are intelligent creatures but it still needs brainpower. Writing is used in school everyday and in some jobs such as a doctor. But let’s say someone in a normal class writes an essay versus a student in an AP/honors/GATE class (Dennis and Alan were GATE students!), guess who’s going to write a better essay most of the time? The student in the harder class. The reason? Usually, the AP/honors/GATE class goes faster and more in-depth than a normal class, making the student think harder and quicker. To top it off, thinking is better than writing because writing is like a sword and thinking is like the knight, the sword can’t do much without the knight wielding it.
~Martin (Loquacious Magpie) (Why do I even have so many usernames on this blog? XD )