Stoppage of thinking are words, as far as I know, which are used to criticize someone for not thinking about what shouldn't be left unthought. I hate them. I don't know why. So, in this article, I want to develop a criticism against them.
There seems to be one already. Reproaching someone for stoppage of thinking is itself another case of it. I doubt whether this is satisfactory, for it still assumes that stoppage of thinking is reproachable in itself. I want to cast into doubt this assumption. Is it wrong to stop thinking?
First, I want to argue that in order to think about something, one must inevitably stop thinking about another. The act of thinking requires you to be aware of something. In order to be conscious of something, you must have another consciousness that allows you to focus your attention on it. Take for example tranference of your attention from a whole apple to the gloss of it. In order for this to occur, the apple must appear so that it enables you to do so. Therefore, thinking about something requests another thought that permits this thought. So, stoppage of thinking is unavoidable. And "should" implies "can." So, on the grounds that you cannot refrain from stopping thinking, you can never tell anyone to stop thinking.
But to this argument there might arise this kind of objection: stoppage of thinking comes in degress and some should be criticized while others remain intact. This leads us to the second point I want to make. I can reply to this argument by pointing out that you can only distinguish between the two arbitrarily. If you can doubt an assumption, you should. So the critics will say. But as I said above, you can infinitely doubt the assumptions. In principle, a doubt of one assumption will reveal another one to be called into another doubt. But in reality, there is a limit to this series of doubts. The determinant of this limit is chance. At least so it seems to me. Therefore, whether one commits this folly depends on chance. There is no placing much value on criticisms on chance. Criticisms on the basis of stoppage of thinking are not so valuable, for it is based on chance ultimately.