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Our entire life is a constant stream of acts of faith…

Our brain is trained, since we are born, to act according to sets of acts of faith.

Whatever we were told about, taught, any behavior we were “forced” to change, tacitly or consciously, are intrinsic part of our belief system.

We move around and do thousands of involuntary acts and decisions during the day without being aware of them: Our unconscious brain is taking over most of our acts and decisions, and is in total control of our daily habits.

You purchase a red car. The next day your mind plays tricks on you and you see your car is turning greenish. What color are you ready to believe you car is? You don’t believe your senses at this moment, but you rely on your act of faith. The car you purchased was red, you saw it, it is the color of your preference and Red is how you were told the color is.

For thousands of years, earth was flat and the sun fixed. This act of faith didn’t turn earth not roundish and the sun constantly moving…

This belief system didn’t change the daily life of the common people, except those who dared to challenge these concepts.

The “reformed belief system” just opened up new job opportunities and business undertaking, for better or worse.

We go to schools and we are inculcated thousands of “pieces of knowledge” without experimenting, investigating, or even reflecting on these knowledge. This big baggage of acts of faith, which we carry around, without even realizing that these knowledge as in fact sets of a belief system.

You have people calling themselves scientists and engineering who say they only believe in plain “facts” and experimental research…

Now and then, you have a bloke telling them that their “scientific” system of assumptions and taken for granted rational or logical acquisition are faulty. Paradigm shifts are common occurrences in every field of study, and yet, the scientific professionals in every field of practice take to their graves the old belief system. How do you expect the common people to change their belief systems?

And you have all these clerics from all religions and sects trying their hardest to superimpose “conscious knowledge” of mythical stories and abstract notions on your already supercharged acts of faith.

All these clerics making it a business to make you believe in redundant “set of faiths” by frequent training and practices (going to religious ceremony, contributing money, getting to gathering, baptizing, wedding, burying you..) building in routines of customs and rituals… As your family and educational systems have done previously.

And you have people changing their religious faith because a few prescribed daily habits in these sects are more comfortable and suit better their comfort zone, and then claim to believe in the entire structure of the belief system of their new religion… And go about persecuting the hapless members of other religions…

As if our brain does not function naturally going about acts of faith

A well-oiled system that drives you implicitly to constant stream of acts of faith

When young, we hanged on varied ideologies, principles, moral standards, opinions… As we grow up, we try to alter many of these positions with rational attitudes and “sounder logic”… But if we scratch a little deeper under this thin rational reversal of stands, anyone who knew us will discover the foundations of the initial belief system.  All we do is to fundamentally fool ourselves that we have changed…

Basically, we spend our life adapting to the default belief systems and default values, pre-programmed in our nervous system…

What can bring change to our mind are frequent different actions and engagement in order to train the brain to newer sets of belief systems with newer daily habits, physically and in thinking.

We need to make conscious effort to attend and observe how we obey the automatic reactions of our nervous system, and try to disobey the automatic orders, now and then. Exercise our attention restricted capabilities to increase our emotional intelligence...

And this is a harsh journey for actually changing the initial acts of faith that we have lived with for so many years and are part of our fiber.

As we grow up, we start claiming that we don’t trust people, and that we trust animals on the ground their behavior do not fluctuate wildly…

Fact is we tend to heap good faith on strangers, and particularly when we are strangers in their environment.

As we lack the energy to investigate and ask targeted questions on every stranger, we rely on the blink judgement power of our unconscious to do the quick and dirty job for us.

All those idiosyncratic opinions and judgment we amass growing up, the countless forgotten experience that we have forgotten, the zillion innuendos that our memories have stashed away, for the unconscious to retrieve and sift through at leisure…

This exciting long life

I had a tortuous dream, but I managed an association between Einstein’s equation for defining energy and my definition for life. The details and clarifications of my equation were the products of my conscious state, but the concept came in a dream.

Einstein defined the energy of an object as the product of the “mass” of the object by the square of the speed of light C.

My definition of life is the sum of the products of elementary tasks by the speed of executing the task.  Obviously, this equation needs plenty of clarifications before other relevant functions may substitute this to a lousy summation method.

Let us consider that any simple activity is constituted of hundreds of infinitesimal tasks, carried successively or in parallel, in order for an activity to be accomplished.  For example, in line production, every activity is subdivided into smaller tasks with computed standard time to finish an activity.  The idea was to train workers to be skilled withing the standard time for each task and even be paid accordingly to efficiency. (Quality control field falls within this notion)

Mind you, that acquiring skills and talents in any profession demands lots of repetition and investment of time and energy.  Well, every repetition of any task is counted in the equation.  You can imagine how much life has been wasted just to be accredited as a professional or a skilled worker!

If our brain and limbs could master a skill by simply “getting it” from the first trial or exposure, imagine how much life we would have saved for another interesting things.  We would feel that life is stretching so long that it seems ageless.

Repetition of a task include the thousands of times that we copy, paste, reclassify, review, re-dust off our productions and memories.  Can you imagine how much life has been wasted by going back to long past activities?

Dreaming is an activity with thousands of split-second takes to constitute a movie.  Even the recurring dreams, mostly the unwanted ones, are counted.  The second time we experience a “deja-vue” dream is not as bad as the first projection: we tend to sit and watch as one of the audience instead of being part of the movie; we just wait for this bad film to finish since we feel helpless to stop it or even press “Pause”.

Evidently, very few tasks go as fast as light C.  For example, the movements and reactions of limbs are pretty slow compared to light; brain reactions are at best as fast as electrons or 20 thousands km per second.  One of the rare tasks that is as fast as C can be the case when someone says: “I fell in love from the first sight.”  This performance has high value rating in life: It can be repeated a hundred times a day; not necessarily with one hundred different women.

For example, if you are endowed with a vivid imagination and can recapitulate “the moment” in your mind ad infinitum then, you can summarize the best that life can offer and very efficiently.

My position is that it is the first occurence that counts most, but recollecting this miraculous “moment” over and over again beats all other kinds of tasks in whatever criteria system you adopt.

Life equation clearly shows that there are many sorts of activities that ruin quality of life. What is your quality of life when you commute to work?  Repeating so-called automatic reactions in driving a car, a donkey, or a bike for hours a day is definitely cases of worsening the impact and mocking my formula.

For example, how often you regurgitate the left over worries from yesterday when you commute? How often you re-enact the clownish acting drama for the current day difficulties?  How often you ran a red light and ran over a lousy living person?  All these tasks count in the equation and should be eliminated the sooner the better.

Think of algebra and how to cancel out redundant factors so that your life equation looks much simpler and beautiful.  So, how did you decide to commute in order to “save time” in congested metropolis?

One small problem remains to be resolved before we set our mind to changing our life style to maximize life equation and its many constraint equations:  How many tasks and activities can fill a lifetime without being repeated again?  Are we indulging in repetitions simply because we lack the imagination to figure out plenty of activities?  Are traditions the main hurdle for our lack of imagination because it dangerously reduced licit or legitimate activities to be experienced?

How about getting on this wonderful job of revisiting taxonomies of tasks and activities that could excite you (or not) after retirement?  How about you fine tune the many tasks that constitute professional line fishing?

Note: I classified this article under “lucubrations” assuming that not many readers will select this category from among the other most interesting 45 categories in my blog.


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