Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can~Arthur Ashe
I like this quote by Arthur Ashe; although, it’s hard to start anything when we’re busy reasoning as to why we should or if we shouldn’t. You could say that is working it out, the only way we know how and it’s a start, middle and end to something, whether we realize it or not. Mind boggling is our special human quality.
Through imagination, humans have the power to reason but reasoning is powerless against imagination.
I don’t think we can count the number of mind disorders there are these days; as with, stars, flora and fauna, we’ve named as many as we can find but are not always able to distinguish or understand them accurately; a bit like distinguishing between a Bull snake vs a Rattlesnake, it can be easy to get confused by the subtle differences in appearance and behavior tendencies, especially when we are fearful or panicked; similarly, we do not fully understand the human mind, even when we can recognize specific characteristics.
We are creatures of pattern, it’s what we see, what dominates our thinking and what dictates the direction of our reasoning. We label and categorize, to learn and to keep disorder at bay; however, it is organized according to our confused reasoning, which is based on a system we do not understand the order of. Our minds do not cope well when overwhelmed; when our system is out of order, making it hard for us to function smoothly. Our reasoning triggers and is triggered by continual emotional charges and discharges. The circumstances do not appear to be the same but our motivations are always the same, to keep order and make sense of the chaos we discern. We are racked with the ultimate challenge, to understand the unimaginable and to have faith in what we are not aware of. We aren’t satisfied with that, we want to predict, that is, to pre-dictate!
By our confusion regarding what is both, the imaginable and the undetectable, perhaps we are given the minimal amount of faith needed to believe in what seems non-existent. Maybe this is the necessary ingredient which will allow us to enter a new world and life, where the unimaginable is visible to us, therefore making us believers and transforming our unbelief into a knowing faith.
Our inherent flaw, which is our unbelief, may also be our saving grace. Jesus Christ didn’t die for Satan, rather for humans to live. Since, an eternal being without faith remains forever faithless; therefore, also forever racked by unbelief, and we, humans, are made with less of everything~less faith and less forever (we do not exist in a body which lasts for eternity) and, for that reason, can be saved by grace (salvation through grace, made possible through our ability to reason being the reason for grace). There’s some reasoning for you!
I realize it’s an unpopular notion to either say, we are special or to say, we are insignificant, depending on whom you’re speaking to. Never-the-less, as far as creatures go, we are the only mind bogglers we know of. We can observe a pet experience playfulness, even frustration and while pets seem to play charades, their play-acting boils down to conditioned response and in-the-now reactions; however, what we do not witness is, the pet fighting with himself about whether he should or shouldn’t wear a sweater when he goes outside today. He doesn’t have my ability to argue or decide. If my pet is agitated, it’s because there’s banging in the kitchen and he associates my behavior and the sound with a morsel coming his way, usually, one he likes. I’m the one rummaging the fridge for what to eat, deciding which food suits me best. The thing we have in common is, both of us are willing to eat when we aren’t hungry; he, whenever I give him food and me, whenever I feel like eating; when I’ve squabbled with myself long enough to motivate me to eat or, in an environment where food is a social activity etc., then, in that case I can argue with friends, regarding some other point over the meal. The point is, humans argue non-stop. Who are these voices in our minds; are they our own; if not, where do they come from and who do they belong to and, why are they talking to us? Studies are conflicting, at current, some scientific experts argue everything us happens within us, as a result of algorithms, through neurons firing; instructing our brains, causing us to do what we do, after we’ve received the signal to act, thus stating this as proof we do not have free will and, our inner dialogue is the conveyance of these signals, to get a specific reaction from us. Some state, the signal to act is received first by our senses, triggering the neurons to fire in a specific way, which it seems is also affected by our encoded DNA, which is sort of like viruses or, cancer, living in our cells but having no affect until or, if, the environment sends specific patterns which are encased in our DNA until the correct communicative code releases them, activating our pre-determined (pre-coded) reactions. In either scenario, our believing we can decide something is not the actual scenario. We are designed to interact with our environment in specific ways based on the circumstances. Our DNA must be unlocked by indicators of those circumstances for us to do anything; however, we are predisposed to the reaction determined by the encryption; thus, our internal arguing is in vain.
In his book, The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*uck, Mark Manson, says the following in reference to being comfortable with death and the basic root of happiness:
“Death is the only thing we can know with any certainty… caring about something greater than yourself; believing you are a contributing component to some much larger entity; that your life is but a mere side process of some great unintelligible production… this fleeting sense of being part of something greater and more ennoble than themselves; entitlement strips this away from us… our curiosity and excitement for the world turns in upon itself and reflects our own biases and projections onto every person we meet and every event we experience.”
All our pre-conceptions are just that, concepts which are previously given us by an entity we cannot make sense of. All our arguments are biased, in favor of ourselves and are futile and vain; futile because death is inevitable, vain because they regard ourselves only, as though we could influence the outcome of any argument. What we feel has everything to do with how we feel. Each inner expression is a result of the voicing of a losing argument; because we cannot control the chaos surrounding us by discernment but we can imagine it through discernment, which generates our actions and beliefs, as well, can be a basic root of happiness, in so far as we are ever happy with our vain and futile lives, as bias projecting mind bogglers. Our reasoning is cloudy at best; whether our thought density at any given moment accumulates on the cumulous/sunny or thunderous/dark side depends on what we’re thinking~brainstorming.
A lot of importance is placed on our projecting; however, we receive projections first and generate the bias prior to projecting it. In his book, Infinite Possiblilties, Mike Dooley explains how we can practice belief through visualizing what we want in order to create it, saying we are creators and control what we create, through belief. He states we have no limits unless we believe we do; yet goes on to say we shouldn’t shoot too high in visualizing what we want, rather see our manifestations in small incremental phases, aiming lower if we think it’s beyond our attaining it, at the moment and gives his idea another out; saying all things are as they should be and if things don’t come out the way you visualized, you should see any events as getting you one step closer to what you do want, even if it’s different than what you saw, which contradicts his premise of our being creators and in control, mostly because the foundation of his postulation is based on thought coming from inside of us, believing since we were created by God, we can be as God is… in control. Well, we can’t all be in charge, regardless of how much each of us thinks we can or, desires to emulate the almighty.
Yes, we can think and we can think about thinking; however, we do not know where thought comes from. If we are our creators, we’d know that, especially that, since it’s our thinking which move us to action. Dooley makes a point regarding individual responsibility stating, due to personal choices, each of us is responsible for everything we do. Yes, we project onto others and they project onto us so; therefore we are all responsible and, when we harm one, we therefore harm all, and in this sense, we are all one, sharing responsibility for all actions resulting from all thoughts; because just one thought corrupts every mind, even at the rate of one at a time. Each one born into this already moving system adds to the collective confusion. Dooley is confusing this with our being creators and controlling creation through self-perceived beliefs saying this is absolute; yet there is nothing absolute about confusion.
To think we are our creator and to be created are two different things. We can believe we aren’t going to die, but we are. To say we just forgot how to live is believing we knew how, in the first place. In the first place, we weren’t alive. We were created afterward (after, word). Not after we thought about it and believed we could create ourselves… this is absurd, since we didn’t exist. We were created by God’s word, only after God thought about us and sent word, for us to be created.
We share a trait with God, we can think; but the trait we share with Satan is in thinking his confused thought, which is the recurring, voiced expression experienced by thinking; being baffled into believing we are or can be our greater creator, God; as does Satan, whom believes he is greater than God by his thinking, thereby believing he can be his own great god, as great or greater than his creator. These thoughts vs the control we absolutely lack, create action compelling inner dialog, which can seem reasonable to us, yet, it boggles the mind leaving us in the dust. We are merely star dust, formed by mass confusion and have yet to see beyond the stars~we don’t see past ourselves and our beliefs.