The Rebel, you have touched on the concepts that make the world go round!
The challenge is that ALL people think they are thinking people. That is good because it would be one of the worlds saddest moments if people wandered around thinking "oh my God - I cant think - Im just a waste!" What good would that do, really?
So instead everyone wanders around picking and choosing a set of beliefs for themselves. People who think very concretely and are soothed by that, find more concrete things to adopt as their compass.
People who think more like a kaleidoscope, seeing the universe in beautiful fragments that their mind seeks to make whole, use that process to steer by.
I am leaving out the myriad ways of interpreting the world that lie in between those two but the idea is that both types are necessary.The world needs builders, scientists and teachers. The world needs art, music and visionaries just as much.
One style moves the world forward, the other holds the ground gained.
Perhaps more when you consider that the latter is less common. It is not less common merely because of its own rarity but because the structure of society is not geared to reward that thinking. Parents dont reward the dreamy child because the immediate day to day tasks of life demand the opposite.
Basically the result is creative thinking is squelched in favor of the more predictive, efficient "now". As a result, this dreamy interpretive child has to be possessed of an incredibly strong sense of self to hang on to their thinking style in a world that is geared differently.
That is what creates the rarity and is the reason why we see more of the concrete, literal thinkers. It isnt a matter of better/worse of good/bad or smart/dumb. That is the point missed by many.
Every so often you will see someone who combines both. The rarest of the rare and in many cases, able to appeal to both thinking styles.
Bertrand Russell is one. Analytical philosopher, mathematician and possessed of a "beautiful mind".
What is interesting about him (well besides everything) is the process of how he got to where he did not where he landed.
That process is the thing that needs to be honored and where your statement applies
Yet I believe a safe place for support is still needed and this safe place i believe is searched for.
I am forced to work with my logical brain for business purposes. This isnt the real me. Id much prefer writing poetry. Im sure many of us do what we have to not what we want to though, right? To keep anchored in my own reality, I keep my favorite Bertrand Russell quote behind my desk. It is the first thing people see when they sit down in front of me. They might as well know who they are dealing with. Ironically I hung it there in 2007. I wouldnt leave the JWs for another 5 years. Obviously for me, the "truth" is where you find it - even then
here it is,
The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. -Bertrand Russell