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Scott Koenraadt

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Do we need to reduce conscious thought?

Sitting here thinking, I realized a lot of problems are caused by overthinking, overanalyzing, and not letting ideas die.

I also came to the realization that happiness can be achieved much easier if a person allows their subconscious take over for a bit, and abandon rational, and serious thoughts at least for a little bit.

So I am wondering what are your opinions of conscious versus unconscious thoughts and the importance of both.

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    Jul 30 2013: Do we need to reduce conscious thought?

    No. Under no circumstances.
    Quite the opposite. We should stimluate more conscious thought about the self and others around the self to make sure that the increasingly unhappy consumer population stops drowning in their system-induced sub/unconscious love of self-indulgence and superficiality, caused partly by subliminal messages from the media, partly by intellectual laziness.

    Inspire more conscious thought about the world we live in, us in it, and where this is going.

    There's nothing wrong about having serious, rational thoughts. There's no need to abandon them consciously.

    The sub/unconscious ones will be there anyway.
    • Jul 31 2013: Interesting thought. But I hold the opposit stance. To be happier we need less conscious thought so that we become more self aware and self confident consumerism relies upon the conscious thinking about how to fit in how to ahow status. Abandoning that to become fully self enlightened by virtue of less conscious thinking about your station or relationships in life would br ideal.
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        Jul 31 2013: Thanks for replying but I don't think self-enlightenment, as you put it, can come without reflection.

        Reducing conscious thought and deactivating the majestic frontal lobe that we humans possess and use may throw you back to the monkey brain and possibly - to overcrammed shopping malls or other places where you can consume and indulge the subconscious. That's self-confident consumerism, maybe, but there are other things to strive for and be interested in life.

        I dare to stay by what I wrote.

        Less conscious thinking is not a virtue.
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          Jul 31 2013: Yeah, the self-confident consumerism is an odd phrase to me, but it conjures up an image of shopping centers and store aisles and restaurants, etc. all crowded with humans that are perpetually smiling with glazed-over eyes and acting like stimulus-response machines more than in Homo sapiens sapiens, the thinking ape.
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        Jul 31 2013: Scott, I don't think its neurologically possible to have "less conscious thought so that we become more self aware" because self-awareness is a contemplative state of non-judgmental awareness of one's self. It is the sort of conscious thought we should pursue more often. The opposite of conscious thought is mindlessness, where one is no longer self-aware or conscious of what one is doing. You see where I'm coming from?

        Your last line sounds more appropriate: "Abandoning that to become fully self enlightened by virtue of less conscious thinking about your station or relationships in life would br ideal."

        It reminds me of on the precepts written by Miyamoto Musashii in the 'Dokkodo' a week prior to his death: " Consider yourself lightly and the world deeply." This statement balances out the "less conscious thinking about your station or relationships" as you put it or "consider yourself lightly" with more conscious thought that is centered on the world, to be deeply aware of the world around you.
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        Jul 31 2013: "To be happier we need less conscious thought"

        that is god damn true. but you can increase happiness even further using heroin. heroin is the best approach in happiness increasing by a country mile.

        however, one might consider other POVs, like long term happiness, purpose, morals, empathy and such things. and if we do, heroin as well as abandoning consciousness should be considered harmful, in the same way.

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