Philosophy

The Influence of Thought

—A feeling is the compression of our thoughts gathered over time made into an instant


This is the thought that has been on my mind of late.  In it’s wake, a flood of questions have importuned their will for deliberation.  While negotiating these various threads, a resonant thought began to pierce through the dissonance: what we think about has a great influence over how we interact with our world.  This isn’t entirely restricted to what we think about either; how we think about these things is equally important, if not more so.  You may even derive this further into the realm of introspection with questions like “why”, but I will leave that for your consideration.  This is not to say that we should blacklist certain thoughts because they may have a negative effect in our lives.  We ought to be able to think about anything our imagination, in its infinite capacity, may tailor for us, but how we think concerning these thoughts is what actually translates.  This line of thought led me to consider time, an aspect of life we seem to be short of.

We struggle with thoughts concerning the infinite partially because we perceive our time here as a fleeting thing. This can cause a tendency to think too narrowly at times.  We like to believe that our thoughts are without prejudice, but one naturally thinks of their own well being in consequence to another’s.  Of course, this is a dependent of the situation; not in every case will we act selfishly.  This is true because we have all witnessed or heard of, at the very least, one selfless act in our life.  However, the way we handle these situations—be it what we say or how we react—portends toward something altogether outside of ourselves.  Not only do our thoughts influence our own actions, but also by these interactions, they influence our environment and thus, how we are remembered.

Time seems to be incomprehensible and even insurmountable.  That one day our stay here will cease, quite frankly, is enough to strike us at our core, if we have a mind to think about it.  Yet time will ever be our provider, greatest teacher, and last farewell.  How we use that time, should we possess any humanity at all, may allow us a possibility to live on through the ages; if not in being than at least in essence.  If we somehow achieve such an end, will we not have eluded time’s grasp?  Is it really possible?

Our interactions, no matter how ostensibly significant or trivial, are what echo into the unforeseen future.  These deeds are the details of story, our story, and the affects we have on the world around us.  It is by these deeds that we influence the events, and yet, it is the ideas we believe in at the time that manifest the action.  As we yet breathe we hold the tools to create for today what shall be forever remembered in the hearts of tomorrow. We ought to be careful then, lest someday someone else is left to shoulder the effects of our creations.  It is these ideas then that really allow us to make our decisions, for better or for worse.  How can we be sure we are making the right decisions?

Decisions always seem to be made on the basis of “what feels right” at the time.  Feelings are what guide us; feelings that are made up of our cumulative thought.  What are these thoughts then?  Could they be a reflection of how well we know ourselves and the world around us?  To put that much trust into a feeling, we must first trust ourselves.  The amount of trust we have in ourselves begets an indication of how well we know ourselves.  By that logic, the more we know ourselves, the easier decisions become to make.  In order to know ourselves, we need to understand how we interpret the thoughts and ideas that we encounter in life.  This can be done in any number of ways, but the truest way is to simply expose yourself to what life has to offer and question everything; find alternate solutions.  When we begin to understand ourselves, we also begin to understand what we value in life and how these values are conveyed unto others.

Looking back, the beginning statement seems to be in need of a little modification:

—A human action is a feeling comprised of cumulative thought which incites an outcome that has an affect on the collective with no regard for time— 

Though this statement is still imperfect, I believe we are a little closer to getting to the heart of the matter.  The thoughts that occur to us not only do they influence our own lives but also the lives of others, and they may even reach further still.  Get to know yourself.  Find out what kind of an influence you want to have.  In finding your values, you may find the answers to those long unanswered questions.

In this pursuit, my thoughts have become narrow.  There is still another point of view to acknowledge.  These thoughts may not wholly be our own: in part, they are the echo of the long-forgotten’s call into the unknown, an unknown that is now and our present.  What do these echos have to say and are their messages relevant in our world today?  Are they messages at all, or are they merely questions that remain unanswered; beliefs that have yet to be embraced?  Perhaps they are purely excerpts from the lasting conversation humankind has had, arising in the dawn of our existence.

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