when I was younger my parents use to always say think before you act
lynchmob, thanks for another thoughtful post.
there are many resonant quotables in your posts but i didn't get past this one, because the caution mentioned above was pretty typical guidance given by authorities in my life.
but, i ask myself, why start with inhibiting thought and thinking> why not go prior to the thought to the feeling first?
why did no one say 'stop, drop and roll' with regard to feelings and their potential for leading to destructive thought patterns.
i have learned over time that i must first recognize the feelings in the organic chain of feeling-thinking-action. if i don't stop things at the feeling stage, then i begin to allow new aspects of me to self-construct without my permission. new mindsets then emerge from the shadows of my deeper and unacknowledged fears and before i know it, new schemas have become part of my behavioral lexicon.
ultimately i become a creature constructed of ideas and beliefs systems that i was unaware had made me.
then i had to go through the time consuming and arduous and painstaking task of unmaking me.
the systems that are in place to generate the automatons we become are seriously flawed. and they eventually leave us very confused in later years when we end up asking ourselves 'what am i doing wrong' because we feel that something else is in command, and further that we have no idea how we got to be who we are, and realize we don't even know who or what is propelling us forward from one moment to the next.
much of life seems wasted because as we evolvewe defined ourselves by our thinking experiences rather than by our prior characteristic as a emotive being.
focusing on and confronting the appearing emotions and their resolution eliminates a whole lot of wild goose chasing in the drama of life.
thanks for the fodder,