Festival of Unmentionable Thoughts – December 12, 2022

Festival of Unmentionable Thoughts is observed each year on December 12. Contrary to what we think, it is not unusual to have thoughts that might be considered unmentionable or too nasty to share. Humans have a vivid imagination, and every now and then, we tend to have thoughts that might be a little too risky to discuss with friends and family. But remember you are not alone and there is nothing wrong with what you think! As long as you exercise caution before acting out your thoughts, a few unmentionable thoughts are unlikely to bring you any harm. 

History of Festival of Unmentionable Thoughts

Our thoughts are influenced by knowledge, concepts, theories, and how we implement them in our lives. Our thoughts can bring us contentment and make us feel hopeful. Freedom of thought is essential to other liberties, including freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of expression. Though freedom of thought is important, it does not guarantee inclusion, legality, or protection. It is a very important concept across all democracies, and nearly all democratic constitutions protect these freedoms. 

For example, the Bill of Rights in America has the First Amendment that guarantees that laws do not interfere with religion or any other person’s identities. Such ideas are also a vital part of international human rights law. In the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (U.D.H.R.), which 

is legally binding on member states of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights where “freedom of thought” is an important article. It states that everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion; this right also includes freedom to change their religion and belief. The United Nations Human Rights Committee states that these freedoms are protected unconditionally. Another article of the U.D.H.R. guarantees that “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference.” 

Since freedom of thought is important to a democratic existence, dictators and autocrats often crackdown on freedom of thought to suppress human rights. But, unmentionable or otherwise, we should be free to think our own thoughts. 

Festival of Unmentionable Thoughts timeline

2,500 Years Ago
Socrates

Socrates encourages critical thinking among his students.

13th Century
Thomas Aquinas

Aquinas, in his teaching, encourages critical thinking.

14th Century
The Renaissance

Critical thinking is encouraged even more.

19th Century
Karl Marx

He extends critical thinking to political and social life.

Festival of Unmentionable Thoughts FAQs

What is the real meaning of thinking?

Thinking is the mental process by which beings form psychological associations and models of the world. Thinking is manipulating information, engaging in problem solving, reason, and making decisions. The act of thinking produces more thoughts. 

What is the purpose of thinking?

The purpose of thinking is to understand our world as best as possible. Our minds evolve in thinking to better adapt to our environment and make smarter decisions on how to survive, live, and flourish. 

What's the purpose of critical thinking?

Applying critical thinking helps you make decisions that require a lot of thought. Big, life-changing decisions, like whether or not to make a career move, are aided by critical thinking, which encourages you to research and favor objective logic over your initial emotional response.

How To Celebrate Festival of Unmentionable Thoughts

  1. Think unmentionable thoughts

    Think of all the times you have had an unmentionable thought. Write it down and look at it at a later time.

  2. Ask your friends to share theirs

    Write your unmentionable thoughts on sheets of paper and ask your friends to do the same. Write them anonymously, so no one feels uncomfortable.

  3. Read what others have written

    Read the writings of thinkers whom you admire. You will admire the various schools of thinking and even come up with new thoughts!

5 Important Facts About The Human Brain

  1. The human brain’s composition

    60% of the human brain is made of fat and these fatty acids are crucial for your brain’s performance.

  2. Virtually unlimited storage capacity

    Research suggests the human brain consists of about 86 billion neurons.

  3. Busting the myth

    It’s a myth that you only use 10% of your brain, you actually use all of it — neurologists confirm that your brain is always active.

  4. The human brain weighs three pounds

    However, size does not always imply intelligence.

  5. The importance of sleep

    Sleep deprivation can increase the build-up of a protein in your brain that is linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

Why We Love Festival of Unmentionable Thoughts

  1. It unifies us

    When you realize that people also think unmentionable thoughts, you won’t feel so lonely. That is why the celebration of the Festival of Unmentionable Thoughts is so much fun.

  2. It informs us of our democratic rights

    Festival of Unmentionable Thoughts also makes us aware of our democratic rights. It reminds us that we are all entitled to our own thoughts and opinions.

  3. Builds a community

    Festival of Unmentionable Thoughts builds a community where we come together through our thoughts and the opinions we share.

Festival of Unmentionable Thoughts dates

YearDateDay
2022December 12Monday
2023December 12Tuesday
2024December 12Thursday
2025December 12Friday
2026December 12Saturday

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