When it comes making decisions based on instinct, it’s important to consider our physiology. Two people are sat next to each other on a roller coaster. Both have sweaty palms, their hearts are racing and they have butterflies in their stomachs. The only difference is that one of them loves roller coasters and the other is terrified of them. It’s the same physiological result for two completely different anticipations – fear and excitement. Our experiences help us train our physiology. We can’t ignore the data.
Similarly, when it comes to making decisions based on instinct, we have to think beyond our immediate emotional response, because that emotional response will soon pass and we’ll be left beholden to any consequences of our decisions made on instinct alone. Sometimes we fear the idea of something more than we’ll actually fear the reality of it. When we choose not to ignore the data of our experiences, and allow our common sense to usurp our surface senses, sound decisions are made. Our fear response is an indicator that we’ll need to demonstrate vulnerability to push through some discomfort, but that’s how we grow.
Most of the things we’ll use today are products of human innovation. All of the societal rules and laws we’ll choose to follow (or choose to fail to follow) today are human inventions as well. What then would exist for us, and how would we behave, if not in accordance to and with what was already created for us? How would we choose to live? How would we behave? What laws and rules are innate?
The first rule in learning something new is that we must allow ourselves to accept our current state of ignorance on the subject. The second rule is convincing our egos that the first rule is true. Trusting the certainty of our ignorance spoils the charade of our arrogance. Wisdom will follow.
Non-intervention is the “principle or practice of not becoming involved in the affairs of others.” There’s often an appeal to allow ourselves to be pulled by the desire to fix problems we are not attached to. We must first ask ourselves, “Who are we truly trying to help in this scenario?” Is it a sincere act of selflessness or self-gratification disguised as selflessness? Inaction is an action. Knowing when to act depends on knowing the intention behind the action.
There’s often a disconnect between what we want and what we’re doing. When this occurs, it’s easy to be submissive to the grind opposed to analyzing our responsibility within our inaction. How much time are we actually spending working towards what we want? What is in our control to change these percentages? This last question is a trick question because our mindset is always in our control. Even if we cannot change some of the things we have to do, we can certainly how we think about the things we have to do. In turn, this gives us the energy to devote the necessary efforts needed to focus on what we want.
Life is nourished by the choices we make. Our souls shall never experience remorse when we choose: wisdom over folly, tranquility over irritation, right action over wrongdoing, service over disservice, humility over pride.
An undisciplined life leans on hoping, wishing and chance for stability. Self-discipline via reasoned choice is never a crutch; it’s a pillar.