Determinism (The understanding here)
“Your conscious mind is the gatekeeper, the watchman at the gate. It is to the conscious mind that the unconscious looks for all its impressions.” – Unknown
Back in school I used to have this crazy, yet brilliant science teacher. He was always animated while teaching, pacing the floor in front of the blackboard, waving his arms around, explaining the finer points of physics. My friend, not being one of the model students, tended to get in trouble. On one of those occasions he told this teacher to go f**k himself (putting it lightly).
Within a split second Dr Francis was inches from his face… “Let me explain something to you BOY!” he said while drawing a line with his finger across the thick wooden work bench my friend was sitting behind. “There’s a line.” He lifted his fist, and then slammed it hard upon the bench, making everything rattle and bounce. There’s a pause of dead silence, not one murmur from the rest of my class. “And You BOY!!! YOU!.. DON’T CROSS IT!”
Within the few seconds walking back to the blackboard, Dr Francis continued teaching his lesson as if nothing happen.
Welcome to the 80’s
Word spread like jam across bread, and the message was clear. Don’t mess with the nut job from the physics department. Of course, there was a bit of creative story telling along the way. Some said Dr Francis used a scalpel instead of his fist, others said he slapped him across the face. Which still makes me laugh today for many reasons. It’s funny thinking about it now, how children can be the best at playing Chinese whispers. But after all was said and done, no one disrespected Dr Francis again.
I’m telling you this story because we all draw lines, what to cross, and what not. We stack them up within the unconscious mind, storing and triggering their emotions and memory’s throughout our lives. But I wonder, if the conscious mind acts like a gatekeeper to what goes in, couldn’t we choose what to receive? And if so, imagine the focus needed to live 100% in the “now!”
I don’t know about you, but I’ve never met anyone just using their conscious mind alone. We’ve all heard stories of people expanding their senses through meditation, stepping inside their subconscious. I’ve been told it pushes the conscious mind aside, but if that’s the case, how are you experiencing the subconscious. Does that mean the subconscious mind has a voice of its own?
OK, lets talk about the determinism philosophy.
There could be a point in life where our decisions are already made (determined), because of the lines we’ve drawn from our past?
Leading with that thought…
- If everyone was subject to this, then your life would be like a pinball bouncing off other people’s determined actions and reactions, to our own.
- So, although your Karma is set (so to speak), the outcome isn’t.
- Therefor, determinism becomes a cog (if that), and not the system as a whole.
Could there be a right or wrong?
- How do we weigh and judge the right course of action when one of the cogs is determinism?
- Morality is determined by ones principles, right? So we have a determined choice in the moment for both choosing good or bad?
- Confused? Me to! Was Dr Francis in the right or wrong? Did he have a choice? Was his reaction inevitable because of Andy’s action?
We also got to account for clumping. Resonating at the same frequency.
- People are attracted to what they like. For example, friends, sports, T.V shows, social media, clubs, the list goes on.
- Could there come a point where groups are separate from another (pure)? What would that reality look like? Would justification play it’s part?
- What happens when there’s just one group left, or would the groups just keep on growing.
- Maybe it creates more questions and answers (it escalates and expands). If one of the laws of life was determinism, then there could be no end, only patterns of behavior.
- What is freewill if we’re conditioned to the idea where determinism is the whole?
- Are we just the observer of the experience called life?
- Or do we have a choice between what feels right, to what feels wrong within the moment?
There is evidence of both, could both be true? We know fate isn’t a forgone conclusion (until it is), because the outcome is dependent on chance. Do people interact with others with their feelings, or logic?
Which leaves me with this question…
If we only have a choice between what feels right or wrong (lawful or unjust – our view of it) within any given moment, what would happen if everyone chose the good feelings? Where would determinism take us then? There has to be a balance, right!?
Ps. Dear Mr/Miss troll. I understand you think the above was nonsense, it could be. I understand you want to fire back because I’ve upset your beliefs to some degree. That’s understandable.
By putting some of my cards on the table, I can let you know, I’m new to philosophy. I do however have an agenda because of what I’m looking for (right or wrong. It doesn’t matter).
I also love your comments. Some really make me laugh, others not so much, but I appreciate you giving your time. Just remember, if you spent the time reading this post, then try adding your own views, tell me where I went wrong, or answer a question the way you understand it. Calling people names tells others that you lack the capacity to argue.
With respect. Be smarter.