some thoughts about thought
Fri, Sep 26, 2008
Thank you Meganmay,
When we on to a lively and emotionally engaging exchange of ideas, when the game is on, we forget 'you' and 'I', we even forget 'we'. There is only the game, the dance, of an expanding thought. The date on your comment is September 17th, I have just seen it this morning. Nine days have passed but the continuity of our thought exchange is undisturbed. I see no gap of space or time in this meeting of minds.
The brain, this temporary residence of an expanding mind, initially evolved to facilitate the continuation of certain biological configurations we call human beings and human species.
This function is entirely localized and certainly invites concepts such as ownership and territory. Thought, abstract thought as we come to know today, is perhaps not more than a serendipitous emergence, a daydream of sorts just arising while turning the wheels of the survival machine. A funny analogy comes to mind: A hard motivated worker, that at the end of the workday keeps going about her life, but cannot stop being occupied with her job. The very fact we can think is probably because we have the leisure of freeing our minds from the chores of immediate survival. This is how good we became at surviving, we should really be proud ! But now, after thousands of years of doing this job, surviving that is, instead of enjoying our growing free mind resources, we cannot stop thinking about work! Its really a bad habit, especially considering that we do not need it anymore, and it keeps shaping our thoughts sensations emotions and what not.
As to your more specific question, I like to refer to mind as an inherently open source commodity, and to myself as a
by that meaning that this mind is not
bound to its biological substratum, it is merely circumstantially bound to it. With this conceptual shift, many survival bound concepts simply lose their significance. A great sense of freedom accompanies such perspective on life.