New thoughts can come from taking a new perspective on things.
One way to do that is to challenge the assumptions that exist.
For example, does love derive from a feeling of attraction or attachment? Both? Or an elusive mix of emotions?
This is a common assumption, but what if we challenge this?
New Thoughts on Love. Attraction and attachment can be strong feelings,
and they are often called love in certain contexts. However, attachment can
exist for the wrong reasons too? Attraction also can derive from the wrong
What is an alternative definition of love? How about a recognition of value?
Seeing the inherent value in a person, like the beauty you see in a painting or
hear in a melody of a song. You do not need to be attached or even desirous
of beauty to enjoy it. You just have to recognize it. The enjoyment that you take
in another’s existence then could be a definition of love. At least the emotion.
Love is more than an emotion though. How much love does a mother have for
her children if she feels connected to them, but is not proactive in feeding them
properly? Love in this context has to include action.
This points up the real problem with defining concepts like love. There are seven
or eight or perhaps a hundred things we want to communicate. They are each
different, yet we have just one word for them. Perhaps rather than re-defining
love we need to create a dozen new words. Now there’s an area for some new
An alternative way to have new thoughts is to just look for new ideas to replace old
ones. Then you expand on the new idea, to see what value you might find in it.
Here is an example of a new thought. How about wonder instead of faith?
Faith is just believing without reason. Wonder is to marvel at the world and accept
that we don’t have reasons or explanations for everything.
Finally, what if our level of creativity, and ability to have new thoughts isn’t just
something that is set at birth. What if it is a systematic process, one that may not
be recognized by those who use it, but can be identified and copied? All of us can
train ourselves then to have creative new thoughts?