We have come to a point in world history where people do not like to think. The small children who are thinkers get labeled nerds and get ostracized from the rest of the class. Adults constantly talk about how they want to just go home from work and watch some mindless show–one that they believe doesn’t require much thinking. Thinking has become an activity associated with negative qualities. Kids television shows will advocate kids going outside to get physical exercise, but they rarely emphasize the importance of mental exercise. So, we have this severe problem–how can it be fixed? Consider the following tips that can help you use your brain and get smarter.
1) Read Books
It doesn’t matter what it is, the point is that you are actually reading. Choose a genre you are interested in and just start reading. Not only will you begin to retain more information but your brain will start to get used to reading more and accommodate you. Most of all, though, think about what you are reading! Ask questions about the theme of the book, the message of the book, and even cross check some references in informational books.
2) Pick a religion to study
Religion is such an important part for many people all over the world. To get smarter, you might do well to begin picking one religion a month to start learning about. Pick out a book or two you’d like to read on the subject, watch some videos online, and just do searches for more information. Don’t just learn more about western religions, though. Extend your knowledge to those all over the globe.
3) Think about what you watch
If you want to watch a movie or T.V show–great! Just be sure you are thinking about what you’re consuming. Just like you would for a novel, ask questions about the characterization, theme, structure, and other elements found within the show/movie. Furthermore, ask what worldview is being presented in the film–is it based on some type of religious belief? What kind of morals are there (if any)? What kind of beliefs do the characters seem to hold? All these questions will help you sift through the meaning of the show and possibly get you more excited about it.
4) Have intellectual conversations with people
You don’t have to get a doctorate in order to speak to people about intelligent things. Whatever you are learning, share with others! This could be done in a book club or some other group. Sometimes libraries hold book discussions, topic discussions, or forums that are open to the public. If you don’t want to go interact with strangers, consider starting your own book club or just start hanging out with friends and speak about intelligent things!