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Free and independent thought – How not get baited by our lizard brain


Free and independent thought – How not get baited by our lizard brain IMAG0128

Photo credit: Ralf Weiser (tunnel vision)

It is all but impossible to escape the divisive political hubbub wherever you go and wherever you look. What am I to believe? So much of it is outright pushed on to us with a social media ferocity unlike anything anyone has ever experienced. It gets delivered spoon ready for our consumption. It is overwhelming to say the least.

It has become more important to be first rather than correct in delivering content. Where does the truth lie – and that is Truth spelled with a capital T? There is your truth and mine. Well, this is very much related to how we look at it and the Truth lies somewhere between us two. Truth with a capital T does exist. Can anyone even perceive what it is without automatically skewing it looking from a personal viewpoint? Typically, it can never possibly be one single thing as we can only look at it from our personal vantage point depending where we are on our life’s journeys.

In a world of all shades of gray, it looks so comforting that there is a prospect of paving the way for the polar opposite black and white approach.   Polarization of different view points is ironically so attractive to us as we want to know where people stand. Why? Simply put because we are very primal beings that way. Our lizard brain helped us survive in a very dangerous world. Fight, freeze or flight were the three primary modes we used to survive. Recognizing the things that could hurt of kill us dominated our thinking mode and that made it necessary to figure out which things and beings we could trust and which ones we could not. It is this desire to look for patterns of predictable patterns that our brains want to obtain the trust from that no bad things will happen. Bottom line is that the simple decision making criterion is deciding what is either safe or unsafe.

That is the dynamic that drives us toward polarization of matters. It is much easier – or so it seems – to derive predictability from the polar opposite extremes. If you are too close to the middle it could go either way which may be the better thing to do, but it is too unpredictable. Most of all it takes time to discern what the issue is in the first place. In a time of severe political divisiveness this is fertile ground for not making the effort digging a little deeper. It is easier to just go with what seems right. You do not want to lose either as you look for possible threats. Thus you choose the predictable outcome and the comfort of the safety blanket that this thought pattern invokes. It usually puts you into a one way path of stagnant personal growth. Avoid a tunnel vision approach to finding the Truth (see photo).

With some exceptions there are very few items in our lives that are universally bad or good. So how do we dare to claim that we are objective but are unwilling to accept that between two viewpoints the truth lies somewhere as a third delta point somewhere as an outlier between the two?

The only anti-dote to getting baited by your good old lizard brain is free independent thought – no matter which political belief you follow. Spend the time and effort obtaining news and vital decision-making information from a broad spectrum of sources. Do to not be baited by polarization through one the same sources; resist becoming a pawn in a game not fitting where your life’s journey should be taking you. Such a waste of human potential would be just additional insult to injury.

Ralf

Truth fears no question


I am not sure where I heard this one, but I believe in it all the way.  How many long winded answers have you listened to in your life time leaving you wondering if the story is actually true?  My sensors go into overdrive when I am giving a longer than needed answer.  This also goes hand in hand with another old adage of one being better off doing things right the first time and an old German one of lies having short legs (thus the truth outrunning the lie with a wink of an eye). 

Sticking to the truth has many advantages.  For one, you do not have to have a super computer for trying to remember all the stuff you have told people in your live.  Take pride and joy in the fact that you do not have to pretend anything.  Then there is the mere time factor.  Lies take up a lot of time to keep in line and worse when they explode in your face the clean-up – if it is even possible – will take a long time explaining why you did not do things the better route in the first place.  Regaining the trust – if that is even an option – is most likely a process taking years to do. 

Yes, I know, some folks seemingly get away with their big fat lies a lot and perhaps even for a long time.  One thing for you to ponder is how many were able to perpetuate this in a long term sustainable fashion and were able making a business out of it?  When was the last time you have seen a statue being erected for a good liar (Baron Münchhausen does not count)? 

Ralf

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