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Involuntary Actions William Golding breaks down humans thoughts into three unique levels of thinking. While these three levels of thinking may not be agreed upon by everyone, Golding believes that level one thinkers commit actions without thinking about them, level two thinkers are more careful and observant, while level three thinkers are suppose to be on the top. Level three thinkers are for people that are open-minded and have lived life to the maximum. Golding's remarks could create an impact on society, if people clearly understand the value of being a level three thinker. By becoming a level three thinker you are able to see and understand life from a whole different perspective. A level three thinker does not judge and individual by physical appearances, he or she judges a person by the human being that he or she is. Making the level three thinker separated from the rest of the individuals that categorize human beings by physical appearance.

William Golding shows in his essay "Thinking As A Hobby" some sort of controversy. My point of view is one of many that people may have in response to this elaborate essay. Golding expresses himself from three different perspectives.

Golding makes points about committing actions without thinking, and questioning the authority of people being careful and observant, and being an open minded individual .

For example, in his essay, he makes a point about trying to hit one of his classmates with a cricket ball. While Golding was not expecting his classmate to move he breaks the window. This is an example of a grade three thinker and the way that he thinks. This kind of person is closed minded and only sees one think, hitting his classmate, our minds respond automatically according to what we feel; it is not after we do something that we realize what we have done. This also is connected to what Golding said about breathing. We do not think that we are breathing, we just breath; but we can control our breathing if we wanted to. If we wanted to inhale air deeply we could, and vice versa if we wanted to hold our breath we could. For example in out subconscious we are thinking about what we are doing, but are just not aware of it all the time. We don't think of certain things we have to do we just perform these tasks. When you walk you don't first think that you want to walk, you just walk and are not aware that you are walking. This is done in your subconscious and you don't even have to worry about forgetting to think about walking, you just walk.

Another point that Golding makes it that of paying extra attention to the small details. Like for example, you view life's perspectives in one way; but another person sees your point of view in a whole different perspective. I totally agree in this point that he makes because we all think differently and have our own points of view on different issues. Golding makes it clear that because of this we often have misunderstandings and controversies between people. We all think differently and don't see all issues with the same mind set as all people. This a very clear example why we sometimes go to war with another country, our ideas and values differ from those of the other country. We do not believe that what the other country is doing is fair and correct. We can't come to a mutual agreement so we go to war to resolve our problem. This is an example of what a grade two thinker is like according to Golding.

A grade one thinker would be a person like Einstein, who sees that little detail that no one else is able to see in a particular situation or problem. Another example is Jesus Christ; he is followed and sees people and animals as what they are made up in the inside, not by the physical appearance. This is very hard for many people to be able to accomplish because it takes a great deal of understanding life. That is why very few people ever get to be able to be grade one thinkers.

Becoming a level one thinker you have to develop an "˜intuition" about the actions that you commit. You have to have that feeling that you are correct about what the actions that you are going to commit. Like Christ he had that "intuition" that someone in his last dinner was going to betray him. Only a level one thinker can be able to know these little details that no other person is able to do. This intuition is developed over the years as you grow older and wiser and get along with people. "Intuition" could also be viewed as a gift that no all people have, only people with open minds.

I want to add that while Golding may develop many controversies, I Personally, find his essay very interesting and unique. His essay gave me a different overview of how our lives sometimes are impacted by those decisions that we make without thinking. About having a sixth sense or "intuition" I strongly believe that we all have it within us. Intuition is something we all learn to use, as we grow older and wiser. I personally hope that by the time I become a grandparent I am able to gratefully say that I have reached grade one thinking; I know that is very hard to accomplish because most people only make it to grade two. By knowing that a level one thinker is a very intellectual person that has a very unique form of thinking makes me want to work extra hard to someday be able to accomplish this prestigious goal.