Commitment to a Life

Comitting to a course of action is a necessary precondition for entering into any potential journey, or endeavor, that we believe may lead us towards any desired, yet unknown endpoint, and is often frought with excitement, growth, pain, peril, our contribution, glory, wisdom and love or failure. 

This phenomenon is inherently scary and requires a sufficient measure of self-confidence, an internally derived sense of belief in oneself and a resolute resilience in order to enter into and stay the course towards ones chosen goals.

This can only be realized through a belief in oneself and the requisite faith that one can respond to, be predictive of and consequently adapt to changing circumstances, as well as a willingness to face any number of unknown challenges that may, and will present themselves along the path of ones journey.

The best one can do in preparing to commit to such worthy, yet potentially perilous goals, is to proactively align ones own motivations, behaviors and actions into an energized and focusable intention, so that one may be able to channel their various motivational energies into a deliberate and intentionally self aimed focus of conscious attention and awareness.

The barriers to committing to and maintaining our intended goals and ambitions, come from both within and without, however we are not destined to be controlled by any dissuading ideologies if we choose not to be, no matter their origin or our sense of fear attached to them, as we are inherently the masters of our own conscious awareness and thus the controllers of our own decision making apparatus and ultimately our own life experience.

Baruch Spinoza, in presenting his underlying principles that both support many psychological phenomena, and gave rise to and inspired the discipline of psycholgy itself, contended that we cannot choose any course of action for ourselves either consciously or intentionally, until we have access to our own fundamental beliefs that continue to operate beneath, and are in fact the cause of our behaviors, unconsciously, automatically, and like computer programs, conspire to make our supposed conscious decisions for us, despite any attempted protestations to the contrary.

Absent our own unearthing of our vestigial and unknown psychic and neurological mechanisms, which unconsciously manifest and are truly responsible for our actions and behaviors, we cannot consciously choose anything for ourselves.

This phenomenon is strengthened by the faulty, and illogic associated with the most common mode of reasoning that is the manifestation of our current educational and social systems, confirmation bias. 

Confirmation Bias, or the need to be right over and above others, at the exclusion of committing to the notion of what may be ultimately true from an integrated and holistic perspective, is fueled by a lack of desire to acheieve a higher degree of understanding and consensus amongst the people’s involved.

Confirmation bias, a perspective employed in decision making, is itself a ubiquitous and continual problem in our culture, that ultimately lessens the cohesion of individuals within groups and eventually separates and weakens our society itself. 

This strategy is motivated, and subsequently reinforced by the feeling of a short term “buzz”, and the associated induced feelings of a perceived “win” over ones opponent (a short term feeling of superiority, a reward as shown by Pavlov and other Behavioralists), rewarded by the same neuropathways and the associated catecholamines that reinforce habitual and addictive behaviors as well as egocentric strivings.

Like any habit or addiction, until we know the underlying motivations of why we do what we do, and replace them with consciously aware behaviors that actually edify us and those we care for, we will continue to do what we do without the necessary awareness needed to know why we do what we do. 

We either operate consciously and with an awareness that confers with it a real choice, or we do no such thing. 

Knowing the difference is the gift bestowed to those who risk the journey of learning their unknown, and go forward despite the potential pain associated with actually getting to know the inner workings of oneself.

Not knowing is the result of fear of the unknown, that unconsciously determines for the individual that not knowing benefits them more than the potential pay off of such a heroic endeavor.