Why Are You What You Are?
Washington DC Area April 9, 2023
Have You Ever Made Your Personal Life Inventory?
Quo Vadis Life.
In a fast-paced age, we may be focusing on demanding or illusionary lifestyle achievements rather than our own essential needs and feelings.
We want to show strength to compete with others by being part of a 24/7 digital hype society. In this way, we have entered into an endless rat race and only realize it when it may already be too late.
Our protected personalities are ruthlessly sold to unknown marketers and greedy corporations who use them to increase their profits, while at the same time, we become cannibalized slaves of the digital age.
A similar scenario has been experienced by many or they are still living the illusionary virtual dream.
It is time to find yourself.
Your Starting Point.
At conception, your future life path was predetermined based on the genomic footprint inherited from your parents and generations before.
There was nothing you could have done to change this.
When you were born, you entered a world that already existed, under conditions that you did not know and that you may or may not have liked.
That was your destiny from the beginning.
Immediately after birth, a child can recognize the mother’s voice, even though the brain is not yet developed for more complex processing of information.
However, a child’s brain can learn very quickly and has the highest learning capacity up to the age of 13. It can easily outperform adults in remembering.
Your brain, like any other human brain, is made up of about 100 billion neurons, each connected to 10,000 synapses. They form a powerful communication network, using electrical signals that are converted into chemical interactions to transmit commands to specific receptors to perform an action.
A human brain weighs about 1.4 kg (3 lbs) and the transmission frequency is 300 Hz.
Size or weight have nothing to do with intelligence, it is the continuous learning process that makes someone smarter than others.
Anyone can reach a new level of intelligence, you just have to learn and train your brain. No one was born stupid or smart, the difference was learning over time that made your personality.
The more one learns over time, the more connections with synapses are made and form a powerful memory. The capacity of the brain is huge and until today not known numerically.
The expression “my brain is full” does not exist in its meaning. A brain does not function like a hard drive with a fixed capacity, the brain builds new connections over time, some of which may be deleted when not used for a longer time. The human brain builds a flexible capacity on demand through learning.
As you learn, you build recallable information in your brain network. This ability allows you to combine other possible connections as you think.
However, to interact with thinking, you must first build knowledge from learning.
Knowledge Is The Linking Of Application-Specific Facts.
Knowledge has been learned from many inputs, each of which triggers a signal and leaves a corresponding “neural imprint.” The more knowledge one has learned, the easier it is to acquire new knowledge.
Someone who already speaks two languages learns a third language faster than someone who speaks only one. And why? The person who already speaks two languages has more neurons and synapses connected and has built a larger network to process similar or the same neural impressions.
As a result, one cannot have an opinion, make a decision, or build a belief/faith without having knowledge of the fact. That is key to a brain’s response. Knowledge can change over time, so an opinion, decision, and belief/faith can also change over time. They need to be reviewed from time to time to be current like science proves its thesis‘s continuously. That is how you build trust.
We have made the experience that everyone has an opinion, but it is not necessarily based on the same “conclusive facts”.
Different facts lead to different networking conclusions in the human brain. This can lead to misunderstandings or controversial discussions, even conspiracy theories.
It is not necessarily a malfunction of the human brain, but the human brain has simply been fed information consisting of different facts, or the mind has overridden the neural response to intentionally manipulate the outcome, which is called outright lying.
In society, lying can be beneficial for a purpose, at least for a short time. This is a known and practiced fact.
The mind as a control unit for external communication can accept or block internally processed neural information. This explains e.g. “stubbornness” or “lying” as suppression of correlated neuronal network findings.
A different opinion is only good if it is based on solid, demonstrable facts on the same topic.
Human brain input can be any recognizable information (visual, auditory, sensory, gustatory, or olfactory) that is transmitted to elicit an immediate response at the appropriate receptors and used over time to build knowledge.
There are also known phenomena that are perceived as optical illusions because the brain cannot perform certain operations itself or it has been trained to recognize only certain perceptions that are familiar, for example, in other cultural ways of life.
During the learning process, the accumulated knowledge leads to building “opinions, decisions, and beliefs/faith” as output information.
The Influential Age.
In your early years, you start learning by following the instructions of your parents and the traditions of the society you grow up.
The Changing Age.
Starting in preschool and later in school, you will be influenced by more outside information that will expand your mind toward a more comprehensive view of what you have learned so far from home.
You may still feel comfortable with the views of your parents and the society you live in and hold on to them, or you may want to take a different path or even take a more challenging path yourself that is contrary to the views of your parents or society.
Your brain has access to accumulated knowledge that gives you the feeling that you can take a new path.
You want to strive for more happiness and have a strong desire and courage to do “your own thing”.
Whether that is right or wrong, your experiences will show, and you will learn to make adjustments.
By its very nature, life is a constant challenge and change for everyone, and you have to find the right personal balance.
One should never forget that what one thinks and knows today is not a fixed good forever. One must review it again and again so that it is up-to-date, in order to finally make a better decision.
In society, everyone can develop their own personality as long as they don’t violate the usual social rules.
What Are You?
A person who has inherited a genomic footprint from their parents, who in their early years learned from and was influenced by the traditions of the society in which they grew up, and who later received more diverse information from external sources, which may have led to a strong desire to do their own thing, even at the risk of leaving a safety net or simply staying the course they were on without making a personally fundamental change.
Today, you may live according to experiential knowledge or fixed guidelines from the past. Adaptation to a dynamic present may be consciously suppressed, or you may be open to new perspectives based on changed and existing facts.
Either way, you can’t buy happiness, you have to work for it, every day, and thinking is the way to find your happiness.
Never stop thinking even if you have to discard old beliefs. Make your inventory, you may discover new avenues that make you happier.
Unfortunately, life can also be brutal when you are affected by a serious illness or accident.
But life does not stop here. It goes on and follows the laws of nature with the existing instabilities as a chance to create something new in life.
Without these instabilities of nature, we would not exist on this planet.
A human being passes away when he is in equilibrium with the environment. In this case, the entropy is zero.
Peter Keuter is an independent writer, and his views are not affiliated with any company or political party.
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