I see people talking on the message boards about the choices they make. They talk about how they failed to make the right choices or they beat themselves up about not being able to force themselves to eat within their range. Often I start typing a comment to them, but I stop...because it will cause troubles for everyone.
You see, what I do for a living is sort of strange. I make videos of university level courses and make them available online to students. Many of these courses are things like Psychology. One of my favorites is Biopsychology. It’s all about the brain and how it drives our behaviors.
I very purposefully use the word “drive.” As the years have gone by, I have watched the evidence presented in the classes stack up. Increasingly, the evidence shows that we are slaves to our brains. They drive their meat suits around. They make our choices. Then our conscience minds have to make up explanations or excuses for the behavior that just happened.
Have you ever dated someone you knew was bad? They didn’t make you happy? They were a complete train wreck and were going to drag you down with them? You knew you should leave them, but you just DIDN’T?
How about, how you ever seen a delicious, gooey, yummy thing, and you just KNEW you shouldn’t eat it. Your hand went and grabbed it and the whole time you’re eating it, you are hating yourself for eating it?
That’s your brain...driving you around...silly meat suit.
The really devious thing is, your biology makes you think you have a choice! It makes you feel guilty because you didn’t try hard enough! You should have chosen better! You should have worked harder!
Right about now, you are rejecting what I’m saying. You’re saying to yourself, “But I have FREE WILL! I make my choices! My failures come from my weakness! My success comes from my strength!”
I know...you really want to say that. I would like to say that too. Yet, every day I go to work and I watch lectures, given by respected professionals. Every day, they present research that keeps piling up. It doesn’t look good for free will, folks. It’s like we’re riding on the back of rampaging elephants, and making excuses to those around us for the damage being done. We are riding on the back of our biology and make excuses for the damage we do.
When I see others talking about their negative thoughts here on SP, I shrug. I want to tell them that they’d be LUCKY if they were choosing to fail. That means they could choose to succeed.
" The essential consequence of our earlier remarks is that man being condemned to be free carries the weight of the whole world on his shoulders; he is responsible for the world and for himself as a way of being." ~Jean-Paul Sartre
(And THAT folks, is just about as negative as you are ever going to see me be here on this blog.)