Thursday, August 18, 2011

Why I care

Very often I get overwhelmed in my life by feelings. I get enraged at injustices. Intolerant at ignorances, and disgruntled by disconnectedness. I want for a better life for all of us and there are too many people making excuses about why we cannot make things better for everyone.
Regularly in conversations I get called all sorts of names when I offer up my perspective. I feel only sad for those people because they don't really have any real understanding about how things work. I could tell them, show them pictures, find articles all day long and it won't change their views. It is sad to me. I know that if they would lay down some of their faulty defense lines that they would be in control of their decisions instead of being forced to react predictably.
We are not free in this world to make our own determinations and decisions. The ideal is that we should be, but we do not practice it anywhere as part of our real lives.
We are marketed to, corralled, divided and put into categories with out even being aware that it is happening, much less how or why it is achieved.
I want to see this stop in our world. I want people to start being aware of their beliefs and feelings and examining them deeply to understand them. I know that there are many excuses and rationalizations for this not happening, but once more people than just the ones I can reach out and touch can start to get it, I have faith that it will be impacting in a very real way.
When people start to become aware of the way that they are thinking and feeling, they can begin to make other connections as well.
When I began my process of relearning myself, I found that I have many neural pathways that are attached to false ideas and boundless assertions. I had to be willing to accept that I was full of shit a lot and I didn't know why. By making that acceptance, I could be aware enough to identify where those pathways might have been built and why they were stimulated to network themselves in that manner. When there was a part of my history that made me come to an incorrect conclusion, I could discard it and supply the new information. In a way it works like patches do in programs. This process is something I use for myself regularly. By identifying stimuli, I can understand the response and even replace it.
I have long been a skeptic of Darwin's survival of the fittest theory. Not because what he says is not correct, it is because it is oversimplified and dismissive of surrounding stimulus. Being fit is not an arbitrary thing in nature that just picks and chooses. It is a very organized and methodical procedure. It is a balance of stimulus and response, all the way to the cellular level. When the environment provides a stimulus, there are a multitude of responses.
This throws a curve a Newton's law that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Sure. There are also a myriad of other reactions that may not be opposite, but harmonious and unequal. There may even seem to be no response. By recognizing this, one can start to see that there are cycles of stimulus and response and that they aren't all disastrous and definite, but they are identifiable.
It is my hope that we can start to begin to free ourselves from the unwanted responses in our lives by identifying the stimuli to them. I love this world, and I believe that is a valuable stimulus.

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