About Indifferent Thinkers

The Long Term Thinker is ideally a concerned thinker, and in many cases, a doer as well.  This article will

talk about both concerned thinkers and indifferent thinkers.  Of course the concerned thinker will be

active in local concerns, and often in regional or national efforts.  These efforts span many causes. They

include animal welfare to enviro issues, rights of the poor and underprivileged, and so on.

He or she is a supporter of the family and may be concerned with his cities’ good welfare.  Just what

level of involvement he or she takes on is a personal choice and option.

My purpose in this article is to provide a sort of segway for those with Human Rights interests as well as those

having Religious Beliefs.  Neither of these areas have room for indifferent thinkers.  A Long Term Thinker does

not exist in a vacuum.  This type of thinking [ LTT ] can supplement, tolerate, and exist along with other

beliefs and practices.

Human Rights

For the Human Rights perspective we can look at the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ( UDHR ) drafted on

December 20, 1948 by the U.N. General Assembly in Paris.  It is a common standard of achievements for all

peoples and all Nations.

In the Preamble to this document it states “Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and

inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the


Then, in Article 1 (of 30 Articles) it states “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act toward one another in a spirit of

brotherhood.” [Human Rights Watch, N.Y., N.Y. 10118; www.HRW.org]

Those are the leading words of a purposeful and great document on Human Rights.  We have many

in our group who are Global Goodwill Ambassadors from various Nations as well as having memberships

in U.N. Environmental groups, African Development groups, etc.  Ours in primarily a Research and a

Educational group — we are working on a Certification process for Long Term Thinkers at this time.

But remember Long Term Thinking can be a very individual thing too. It may include diverse lifetime

goals such as planning for retirement or for our child’s success.

Religious Indifference

To shift gears, Religious Indifference takes on a completely different perspective and tone.   A recent article

states “These modern errors are particular issues we have to study so that we can combat them in

this age of apostasy.  Some of these errors include religious indifferentism, the separation of Church and

State; Communism, Socialism and Freemasonry; subjectivism. …Attacks on the rights of God and

a misunderstanding of human rights; and the pervasive error that dogmas may evolve over time.”

“To support religious indifferentism [the idea that differences of religious beliefs are of little or

no importance] violates the First Commandment since, by such support, we deny that there is

One God, through whom alone salvation comes.” [Apologetics: Learning the True Faith in an Age

of Apostasy, Matthew Plese; Fatima Crusader Issue 124 Spring 2019, The Fatima Center Inc., Buffalo,

N.Y. 14240, www. fatima.org]

Types of Indifference

Note that this last statement laps over into the human rights issue also, but takes it from a religious

perspective.  Note also that this ” indifference” is defined as a stance believing of little importance between

beliefs, but does not mention being blaze’ as happens when a person takes on no interest

in any religious belief whatsoever. This is typified by the person that says “religion aside” in a conversation on

economy for example.  This is not atheism per se.  But it is a type of indifference to what matters most.

Today it is politically correct to use the term “spirituality” instead of “religion”. But these also has  fine

shades of meaning — the spiritual person has grace, whereas the religious person tries to

“tie back” to starting human values.  In the long run, they are the same.


So, don’t get trapped in the common debate over which is better: Thinking or Doing.  Both are vital.

And the conclusion to this article is the suggestion to continue your interest in human rights

as well as your religious beliefs, and have both views if possible. Be a concerned thinker,

not a blaze’ one.  Take on Long Term Thinking in your decision making, but avoid indifference

on all levels at all cost.  This is more critical today than ever.








Stephen Saunders

Executive Director, Long Term Economy | Member, LTE International Board | Internal Auditor

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4 thoughts on “Long Term Thinkers are not Indifferent Thinkers

  • Vineet Mani

    Those who understand how to maintain equilibrium between thinking and doing emerge as Long Term Thinkers. Ironing out indifferences at all the levels is truly the crucial key and you have presented it in a pressing and effective manner, Stephen. Thank you!

    • Stephen Saunders

      Thanks for your cogent comment, Vineet, I could not have stated the case better. And we are discovering and exploring the importance of flexibility as well in recent posts.

  • Sylvester Ngonga

    Thanks Stephen. I love this ‘….take on Long Term Thinking in your decision making, but (to) avoid indifference on all levels at all cost. This is more critical today than ever. ‘
    Short term thinking is in most cases not sustainable.

    • Stephen Saunders

      Who knows, Sylvester, there may even be a mid-range thinking pattern between short term and long term thinking. These classifications are a little arbitrary anyway — I see a continuum where at the short term end we have “quick grabbing”, “lashing out”, and “throwing our cares to the wind”. At the other extreme, we could have “long range planning”, “over the long haul”, “helping future generations” and “steadfastness”. In the middle of the continuum lies “short term planning”, “the short haul”, “patience wearing thin”, and “discerning right relationship”. You are absolutely right about STT not being sustainable.

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