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By Tudor Bismark. Everyone thinks and has a thought process. In fact, today you have been doing some thinking—some of it good; some of it probably not. We differ from one another by the way we think. As a pastor, I am continually interacting with people from all sorts of backgrounds, and I am shocked at times at how some people think. As a husband and father, I quickly learned in marriage that my wife thinks differently from me and that my kids have a mind of their own.
I have traveled the world extensively over the years, and I have seen how thought processes differ from one place to another. I am not a psychologist so I cannot give you the details of how the brain works in individuals; but we can start this journey by looking at Scripture.
This Scripture states that there is a direct relationship between our thought processes and who we are. So if you are not happy with who you are, where you are in life, and what you have achieved, then it means you are probably not thinking right—or not thinking at all in some cases. Growing up in Africa, I saw certain things that I thought were normal until I started traveling and seeing how other cultures and nations treated the same subject matter. For example, let us look at transportation systems around the world.
In some countries, loading twenty people into a twelve-seat van, squeezing them really tightly like sardines, with arms and legs hanging out as the van drives off, is a normal mode of transportation. That is their culture—who they are and the way their transportation system works. So according to the Proverb we just looked at, what is the thought process behind having a transportation system that treats people with such little regard? We can ask this question, too, about any societal and organizational infrastructure in a nation.
We can ask this question with regard to our church, to our children and marriages, to our businesses, and to our families. Who we are is a fact; it is not a debate. If you are poor, then you are poor. It is not debatable. You cannot debate that you have a million dollars in the bank when your bank statement reads zero. When your nation is in debt or when your nation cannot provide basic services like affordable health care or clean water or safe, reliable transportation, it is who it is.
I am amused at leaders and politicians who try to hide and sugarcoat the state of a nation from what it really is.
And, it is not amusing to see a husband who pretends that his marriage is healthy when he cannot remember the last time his wife smiled and laughed in the home. When we try hiding who we really are, we are hiding from the way we think because we are a product of what we think.
An orange tree cannot produce apples. Stop deceiving yourself. You are poor because of the way you think. We have systemic poverty and poor quality of life in some communities because somewhere in that society, someone has a poor thought process.
What and how are we supposed to think then? Adjaye is one of the most sought after architects in the world. He has a unique style of design that taps into ancient African cultures mixed with modern twenty-first century thinking, capturing the present, past and the future.
This man is a genius, and I was highly intrigued by the interview he gave. One of his statements that stood out to me was that, in the next fifteen years, all the free spaces of land in Africa will have cities and megacities built on them and major developments happening there. This is an amazing statement because a megacity is considered to have ten to fifteen million people. Adjaye said it would be possible to build entirely new cities with a metropolitan culture in the next fifteen years.
For me, this was extremely shocking. How would this happen? Adjaye explained that Africa has an extremely high rural population of which millions of people per year flock into urban centers and cities looking for jobs and a better quality of life.
The rural population in Africa and, of course, in some other parts of the world is not acclimatized to running water, electricity, roads, schools, Internet, and all the necessities that urbanites are used to having. What would happen if the entire rural population in Africa was acclimatized and acculturated to have a mindset of twenty-first century city dwellers and norms? Not all of the population can move into existing cities because a city can only take so much. But the fact is that these rural dwellers will have to set up their own running water, construct their own roads, build their own schools, and so forth.
Adjaye is saying that by changing the mindset of rural dwellers, the environment around Africa will change. It is amazing how an architect is becoming a social reconstructor. We can see that construction takes place in the mind first before it happens in reality.
The rural population will not have the impetus to change their environment way of life if their minds are not conditioned to think in that direction. Imagine the jobs and industry that would be created if we were able to shift the mindsets of entire populations. Which national leaders would not want that for their country?
What a difference organized thought patterns of many people bring into society. Is it possible to bring many people together, to organize their thoughts, and, most importantly, to organize their resources in order to implement their ideas?
I can hear the skeptics as I write, but this is not a new concept. Let us start by looking at the earliest example of how an organized thought pattern can change the environment around us. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly.
And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. This group of people were the sons of Adam who dwelt on the earth after the days of the great flood.
Their tents were most probably made from animal skins and leaves; and their livelihood most likely consisted of herding sheep and goats and maybe cattle, too. If they remained in one place long enough, they would farm and grow crops as well. To build a city was a major shift in thinking for this group of people.
The remarkable thing is that it is very likely that no one among them had even seen a city before because the flood would have wiped out any trace of city life. So everything they built was first constructed in their minds. A nomadic, agricultural people became a major metropolitan city. Their organized system of thought prompted God to intervene, as we learn from the Scriptures. We can see another example of environmental reconstruction happening again in when France remarkably went from being in a bloody civil war and economic meltdown to becoming a global superpower in the space of ten years.
Even more remarkable was the fact that this process of reconstruction took place in the midst of that civil war, known today as the French Revolution. The Revolution was a period of radical social and political upheaval in France from to that profoundly affected French and modern history, marking the decline of powerful monarchies and churches and the rise of democracy and nationalism. Popular resentment of the privileges enjoyed by the clergy and aristocracy grew amidst a financial crisis following two expensive wars and years of bad harvests, motivating demands for change.
Additionally, Queen Marie Antoinette was despised because she was seen as a spendthrift while the population wallowed in poverty. This resentment and deep financial despair caused the population to revolt; and in a group of peasants assaulted and broke into the famed and feared Bastille prison—where the King locked up and tortured his opponents.
This event led to civil disorder. A growing number of people wanted to see the abolishment of the feudal system, old laws, taxes, and royal courts and the establishment of a republic that held out to the promise of rule by law under a constitutional order.
A young man called Napoleon Bonaparte was instrumental in promoting and fighting for this pro-republican agenda. Napoleon published a pro-republican pamphlet called Le souper de Beaucaire The Supper at Beaucaire that helped him to organize influential pro-republicans to assist him in the war effort. They were so successful that by he was the greatest general and political leader in the world, and he led a wide array of liberal reforms across Europe including the abolishment of feudalism.
His legal code in France influenced numerous civil law jurisdictions worldwide. In ten years, Napoleon changed France into a global superpower by changing its concepts, ideas, and environment. He completely reconstructed the social, economic, and political fabric of an entire continent.
Upload Sign In Join. Create a List. Download to App. Length: pages 2 hours. Description THINK is "the idea" around belief, applied faith, concepts, innovation, creativity, strategy and long-term planning. Think is written to convey systematic methods of order and of strategic thinking, with the attempt to provoke the reader to develop a culture of deep nonconventional thoughts that are results and performance oriented and focused. Related Categories. Book Preview Think - Tudor Bismark.
We are a product of what we think. Construction takes place in the mind first before it happens in reality. Start your free 30 days. Page 1 of 1. I recommend reading this book before the start of a new year. God bless Bishop Tudor Bismark for this masterpiece.
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Sold by: Amazon. Skip to main content Tudor Bismark. Something went wrong. Please try your request again later. Bishop Tudor Bismark resides in Harare, Zimbabwe, which is in the southern region of the continent of Africa. In addition to providing full time financial support to hundreds of pastors and churches, the ministry is responsible for the operation of an extensive Medical Assistance Program, orphanages and other humanitarian outreaches in Southern Africa.