Just like everything else, thinking takes practice.
Thinking is recombining largely preexisting concepts following largely preexisting patterns. Infrequently do we generate brand new ones -- it takes a lot of effort. As such, deep thinking requires practice in order to accumulate a dense network of these concepts and patterns.
Of course, it also requires to read books. It would be challenging to have to recreate thousands of years worth of accumulated thought building blocks on your own.
Books are other people's thoughts, already selected as interesting or beautiful by many harsh filters (in particular time), and they are full of delicious thought building blocks
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