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  • Writer's pictureMichael Main

cogito and social simulation

Updated: Jan 4, 2023

We spend most of our conscious lives running simulations of others’ presumed thought streams.

We do so in a lifelong, compulsive effort to either align, or else willfully disalign our own thoughts and wills to those of others. By doing this, we assume we are guiding our lives / destinies alongside, or else in a desired different path from the route of our fellows.

We are under the illusion that this is the only way to cultivate and maintain friendships, or else to define and refine our boundaries from those we designate enemies.

Could it be that such lifelong behavior might be the cause of most all human unhappiness?

What it one were to ‘turn it off’. Cease all attempts to run such internal “simulations” of presumed “understanding”. Come to understand that we are, in the final analysis, surely not clever to the point to pull it all off.

And so . . .

Imagine a daily world in which there is no attempt to perform any sort of conscious alignment with others. What happens if one “lets it be”. Meaning let all (others / self in others / others in self) be without distinction or reserve.

This is not to imply at all that alignments among human fellows are not possible. But there exist ‘natural wisdom’, or unconscious, unworked and thus passive alignments; and then there is our errant path of uber-conscious effort.

Are we locked into an erroneous paradigm? We have come to believe, over the course of the evolvement of humanity, that happiness is elusive. Perhaps not. Perhaps not at all. Might such insight be a master key?


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