Thoughts on Thinking

"When somebody persuades me that I am wrong, I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes

"If you're unhappy with your life, change your thinking." Charles Fillmore

"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it." Eckhart Tolle

"People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them." Epictetus

"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates

"Consciousness is a terrible thing to waste." PunditGeorge

Friday, September 30, 2016

We've Always Done It THAT Way...

Thoughts That Go Bump in the Night explores concepts that are often novel, obvious, subtle, and sometimes mysterious.  The whole arena of habituation is the basis for Habits, Patterns, and Thoughts That Go Bump in the Night.  This video, highlighting an experiment in social conditioning, further demonstrates the subtle ways habituation can drive decisions and behavior. The old saw "we've always done it that way" had roots in something.  The something may or may not have been valid, useful, meaningful, etc.  But, there was a something that was established as a norm, and members of the community (be it tribe, party, faith, race, etc.) were trained to follow it.

The good news, of course, is that the process of habituation is continual and neutral, and with awareness, more effective and productive routines can be established.  But, you get an idea how entrenched belief systems can be established.

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