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Originally posted by greyer
I would like to know what makes a person do different things.
People can feel a good emotion from seeing others put down. An example is that someone lies to you, they figure out after a long time you discovered the lie, then they smile because they are happy. Is there nothing spiritual involved with this or is it an infrastructure they have created in their mind?
I don't know if that has anything to do with spirituality, but my mental growth has taught me to do undo others what I would have them do unto me, and I have meet alot more people who are like this. I am learning on my infrastructure so advancement shows evidence of being correct, sometimes I think of life as a game that can be unfair.
Originally posted by Golithion
I think deception and Reason are two completely separate things. To deceive takes away from reason and vice versa. To lie and make up things for the sole purpose of hurting someone is not reasonable. It's a defensive deception people use to either protect themselves or belittle them to feeling lesser to gain control over a person. An ego to me in it's simplistic terms is a way to protect oneself from attacks. And a lot of time this leads to either a person believing they have control over others for fear of losing that themselves. Or, one day they are going to run into a person that won't let them have control causing conflict. I hope that makes sense but there you go.
Originally posted by templar knight
My thoughts are a long answer and not simple one:
- We are basically pack animals. Our morals are guided by the fact that we have had to work together to hunt and kill. So our morals are "do unto others...". If we were solitary predatory animals, our morals would be completely different.
- What use is ego? I am struggling to understand where confidence ends and ego starts. Certainly confidence is seen as a great attraction for women into men.
- I suspect that ego means that we ion the crowd are not all the same and hence an bring different characteristics into the pack. It may also be due to the fact that we have 3 separately wired brains - one very old brain that is used for "keeping the lights on" -breathing etc., one newer brain that is hot wired to our body and can react in terms of e.g. flight or fight and then we have the new but not so wired concious / upper brain. It is the two brains that cause most conflict - "your heart says one thing when your brains says another.." - not helped by the fact that the older brain [heart] is better wired too get a response and try to run circles a round your new brain
You touch the fire to learn it is hot and can burn you, after touching the fire once and getting burned do you do it again?
Originally posted by DavidEspinosa
The ego is my mind controlling my life without my awareness. so in a way the ego is part of me, but it plays the game as it wishes ;when i give the power to my ego the balance declines to its side so i lose my natural way of being.
I can feel the ego as a voice in my head that judges everything, from the perspective of events from my past experiences. Its like a guard that keeps me inside the parameters it knows, by repeating the commands in my head; you know... the unnecessary self talking, like repeating myself things that i already know, like when i wake up late for school my ego says "DAMN ITS LATE FOR SCHOOL" or "I LOOK SO HANDSOME TODAY" or " I REALLY LIKE THIS DRINK". its pointless, i already know that.
The unknown is unconscionable for the ego, as its something outside its control, that's a good way of taking back the power from my ego, by modifying my daily routines, like taking a shower with the eyes closed, or walking backwards, or doing stuff with the opposite hand i usually do, or any different way of facing the daily life but the automatic ego response.
That is the premise of my ego, to think and analyse stuff that i already know, of course that the opposite to that is doing stuff.My ego can spend 12 hours a day thinking and looking for a reason of why is my house so dirty, blaming my brothers of it, on the other hand i do the house cleansing in 2 hours, and of course thinking uses my energy so by thinking for 12 hours ill be really tired to do anything else. Maybe that why sometimes im tired of doing nothing.
In conclusion it doesn't matter if there is a reason of anything, the life its not inside my thoughts but in my actions.
Hello David, I think to me I am craving to understand the reason, I feel that if I understand the reason there will be no psychological influences. I cannot help that being in a brain I am subject to subliminal atrocities when unprepared to deal with them, not all the time but when the test happens the only way to stand firm is pass it on a purely psychological level. If the ego is controlling without awareness, this brings us back in the court of spirituality, when right and wrong has deeper suggestions, unless we were pack animals or solitary predatory animals as Templar wrote about. To me the motive and reason is still unknown, but at least there is force beneath the psychology. I will try to do things to disrupt my own habitual mind nonetheless and see if it leads to more understanding.