The elements of thought have two essential dimensions of Thinking. The first dimension is the identification of the part of thinking and the second dimension is the assessment of which part of the thinking to be used in which situation. There are 8 elements of thoughts as mentioned by Paul and Elder. The army officials have to make critical decision in their lives. The decisions are so critical that, they may determine the declaration of war or peace among two or more countries (Vego 2013). Therefore, it is important that the army officials use the elements of thoughts while they make decisions.
However, as argued by various experts it has been seen that the elements of thoughts are idealistic and might not be appropriately used by the army officials while they make critical decisions (Bertoch et al. 2014). For example one of the element of thought highlight that “all reasoning has a purpose”. However, while making critical army decision this element of thought might not be used. Moreover, the elements of thoughts also highlights that always reasoning tries to figure out something and to solve some problems (Vego 2013). However, in real life while making critical decisions the reasoning might not be just an attempt to solve a problem. Elements of thoughts also highlight that all reasoning is based on information and evidence. In the real life scenario, the army officials often make decisions that are based on perception and have no strong evidence.
However, in making critical army decisions, elements of thoughts might not be followed theoretically. The elements of thoughts provide the basic guidelines for decision-making. The army decisions are based on various strategies and diplomacy rather than simple application of reasoning by collection of information and evidences (Bertoch et al. 2014). However, it is true that the army officials make the decision under the guidance of the 8 elements of thoughts, but there are various others important elements which the army officials have to consider while decision making (Vego 2013). Thus, it could be concluded that army officials are not actively influenced by the 8 elements of thoughts, however passively they follow the guidelines provided by Paul and Elder. Thus, to conclude, it could be said that the elements of the thoughts are essential in providing the basic guideline for the thoughts, but do not dominate the decision making process of the army officials.
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