posted on Jul, 25 2009 @ 12:06 PM
Human Beings are described as having true drives, such as hunger, thirst, sex, and staying free from pain. There have been myriads of books and
articles written on the subject, and some people even make their living from giving motivational speeches. I believe we understand the degree to
which motivations effect our lives, and it is not my intention here to write a dissertation about it, nor is it necessary. My motivation for editing
this thread will become clear shortly.
First, let's establish a working definition.
Motivation is the underlying cause of the reasons we do the things we do.
It is what activates our behavior.
We cannot really talk about motivation without addressing our needs. We wish to have our needs met. In accomplishing this, some of our motivations
have conscious intent, while other's have unconscious intent. Is one more important than the other? We have biological/physical needs, emotional
needs, spiritual needs, intellectual needs, and so forth. Are we good at identifying which need we are trying to fulfill when we act? Or are we
mostly acting on an unconscious level?
Here is a list of possible motivations for one's actions just as an example:
To acquire, or possess.
To belong, or gain affiliation.
To avoid illness.
To pursue integrity.
To make a profit.
To gain affirmation.
We are also motivated by emotions:
The need to be right. (I didn't know where else to put this, but it had to be included).
.....and so forth.
Any manner in which you choose to respond to this subject will be appreciated. It is, in a way, a chance to get to know one another better, and I
think we all find the motives of others interesting, and sometimes unexpected.
But for my case in point:
Why do people on ATS respond to OP's and other posters the way thay do? I see threads flowing along, and everybody is respectful and offering
different viewpoints, and then suddenly BOOM. Someone comes along and is disrespectful, is off topic by not only dismissing the topic, but focusing on
whatever negatives they can imagine or make-up about the poster him/herself. Is unnecessarily insulting. Wallowing in hatefulness and negativity if
you will, and attempting to bring everybody down into the mire with them.
What's that about?
I have only been on ATS for a relatively short period of time, and I have already gained four foes. Of the four, only one of them do I actually
"know" and have communicated with on a thread. (He has since been banned). But the other three I had no idea who they were, or why they gave me
this status. I tried checking their profiles to see where we might have "met", but remain clueless as to why they would use this means to disagree
with me. Why not just address what you disagree with in the thread in plain view? (Isn't this a kind of "cowardice" .. to run behind your back
because they don't think they can stand toe to toe with you?) Am I wrong to think this?
What otherwise might be the motivation?
So my motivation here in making this thread is for the most part curiosity.
I want to know what you think, and how you feel about this subject.
I appreciate your responses.