Some Thoughts About Thoughts

The human mind is remarkable. The fact that it is so different dependent on the person, it has baffled so many for generations. It is one thing that can never be figured out by a number of equations and experiments. There will always be a part of the mind that remains elusive and mysterious to our kind.  Think of the common, shared, basic ideals by humans, how some things are more favorable than others. Now try to imagine a world where every single one of those preferences was flipped around. For example, if being unintelligent was favored and the intelligent people were looked down upon. If acne, obesity, and short heights were signs of beauty. If football players and cheerleaders were made fun of in high school, while computer geniuses and band enthusiasts were the most popular. If partying was required and unenjoyable while homework was wild and crazy, and teens snuck out of their houses to do their homework. If a man and a woman marrying were illegal and heterosexuals faced constant bullying. If poverty was a sign of high social standing, and it was difficult to get along if one was wealthy. If one had to exercise and diet to gain weight, which if you remember, is now the new form of beauty.  If women dominated in the work force, and if the United States, Japan, and Europe were the least powerful world regions while Africa was the most powerful, because in this world, poverty is luxury. If white people had been enslaved and still faced a plethora of racism today. The more you think, the more confusing it gets, because as people, we have formed so many social standards, expectations, and stereotypes, about virtually everything. They all tie together and the world would differ so much, even physically. Human psychology affects more than just how humans interact. The Earth is merely a planet, and it would differ so much if something as simple as our ideology was different. What if recycling was the most common disposal method and electric cars were the norm? What if we thought of animals as superior to us, so we had to adapt to their habitats while they destroyed ours? The world would physically be different, we would all look differently, act differently, and all by changing what is inside of our brains. These ideas change so much but really, they are just ideas, which started out as thoughts in the mind of some innovative individual that have evolved into our culture, our land, our technology, without them, there is so little left. To think of how much ideas have sparked, think about a world with no ideas. The Earth simply started out as a blank canvas, and a world without ideas is just humans, existing, standing on a wild, untamed Earth. Not speaking, interacting, or moving. It is questionable if there could be multiple humans, because how could they reproduce without thoughts, unless it is part of natural instinct. But it is absolutely terrifying that our minds have enough power to have built up religions, languages, everything. They have started wars and so much more and it is crazy to think that every person has the most dangerous weapon inside of their head, every person has the power to create or destroy the world and the reason we do not do that is because we do not realize our capacities, due to once again, our collectively decided behaviors of how every human should behave. There would be practically nothing without these minds that we are restricted from using to our full potential. Even the people who realize our capacities do not act on this, because why would they? Why would they exert so much effort when everything seems to be going well enough? They do not know what they want because we have been taught what we want. Now, how have so many things changed over time? My theory is because of people I’m going to call innovators. Innovators lack the same behavioral and moral compass that most people do, and they think outside of their predestined fates of the unchanging world. They have passion, they are fearless, and no matter what, they don’t drown in the undertow of everyone being different. Innovators are the people who actually do something about it. So it is possible that an innovator of today could change our thoughts on homosexuality or beauty or anything. But an innovator needs support. Humankind is not willing to listen very much, so many of the innovators’ ideas are just shouts into black holes and they die along with their thoughts. This is the part that baffles me. How have things changed if humankind is so set on not listening? Virtually everyone has to support a new thought for it to become a new normal, so how on earth has our ideology changed? The majority of the undertow has to support, embrace, and practice the new idea, so then it becomes the programmed expectation. How does anything ever change? Honestly, I do not think we will ever know. When did these ideas collectively form? What decided any of these things, and could they be reversed, or is it a part of our chemistry? I know this just seems like an article full of questions, which it definitely is. It might not make any sense, because everyone’s mind is different, but still has all of the same thoughts on the basic human expectations, innovators do not have the expectation mold, and can think outside of these predestined beliefs that stretch outside of a city or a country or a continent or family beliefs. Beliefs that for some reason, have been determined and everyone has the without question.  There are not any answers, and that is because there is no way to discover these answers. Scholars can experiment, process numbers, and hypothesize but there is not an answer, it simply is. No question can ever have a complete answer because a question can be expanded upon until finally it leads to one of the big mysteries of human kind. Articles are usually supposed to answer questions, but mine just opened more. Maybe I’m just trying to break the cookie cutter mold of human expectations. Image

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6 thoughts on “Some Thoughts About Thoughts

  1. Interesting thoughts. You said, “But it is absolutely terrifying that our minds have enough power to have built up religions, languages, everything.” One more question to add to the mix: Did our minds build up religions and languages, or did Someone greater?

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    1. This is what religion does. It takes away human accomplishment. Why must everyone say that a higher power had to have created all of this? Why can’t religious people accept that maybe human have the power to do incredible things?

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      1. I think that this cannot be seen as black and white. Religion can benefit humans, give them comfort in the world, provide a moral compass, and do so much more. On the other end of the spectrum, I agree with you, how it does seem to minimize human accomplishment. This is why I try to look at it as more of an in between. People need to realize their own capabilities, and humankind’s capabilities as a whole. Religion can help them realize what they can do and provide them with something to turn to in times of weakness. When people become slaves to their religions, it is a problem. I do not mean being very religious, I mean becoming a slave to the point that they do not recognize their own self-worth or uniqueness, only thinking of themselves as mere slaves and clones of which ever higher power they worship. Life, in essence, is about balance. For this topic, it is about a balance of being a self-reliant individual and relying on whatever religion constitutes the beliefs.

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    2. I personally am both religious and a science enthusiast, so there is a balance between the two. (I also think that I couldn’t have used a more nerdy term than science enthusiast if I tried) I did not mean that we simply synthesized religions from our own imaginations. In terms of how many religions are based off of a certain writing. We could have found these and treated them as simply historical artifacts, but as humans, we interpreted the writings and created entire belief systems out of them. In terms of religions synthesized from encounter with a higher power or a call, there is a certain extent to which the human mind played a role. Allowing themselves to enlist in a spiritual journey, etc. The fundamentals in religions are not always due to the mind, but many are, and however we have interpreted the fundamentals constitute the way humans lead their lives. Who knows, maybe the original ideas of these expected a much different form of worship. Our interpretations have set a defined way of living for many believers.

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