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INDIVIDUAL THOUGHT

AN EXPLORATION OF SOCIETAL INCLINATION TO OUTSOURCE INDIVIDUALITY

UNDERSTANDING THE BASIS OF THOUGHT

WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL PROCESSES ANY THOUGHT, THE INFORMATIONAL BUILDING BLOCKS THAT MAKE UP OUR THOUGHTS TRAVEL THROUGH A SERIES OF NERVE CELLS.

THE PATH WHICH THE INFORMATION TRAVELS IS CALLED A NEURAL PATHWAY.

THE MORE AN INDIVIDUAL EXERCISES A SPECIFIC NEURAL PATHWAY, THE EASIER IT BECOMES TO ENGAGE IN THE PRACTICED AREA OF THOUGHT. (1)

BY NATURE, NEURAL PATHWAYS WILL ALWAYS INSTINCTIVELY OPERATE ON THE PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE; OUR BRAINS UTILIZE THIS EASE BY CONTINUING TO USE THE SAME PATHWAYS OVER AND OVER AGAIN (2)

IMAGINE YOURSELF STANDING IN FRONT OF A FOREST WITH A PATH THAT HAS BEEN MOWED DOWN THE CENTER FROM CONTINUOUS TRAVEL AND YOU WANT TO GET TO THE OTHER SIDE. THE REST OF THE FOREST MAY BE FILLED WITH MAGICAL UNDISCOVERED SPECIES AND LIFE, BUT TO TAKE A NEW PATH, ONE MUST TIRELESSLY CLEAR THE GROUND BEFORE EACH STEP FORWARD. IF YOU DON’T HAVE A FORCE TELLING YOU TO MAKE YOUR OWN PATH, WOULD IT NOT MAKE SENSE TO TAKE THE ONE ALREADY THERE?

 
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FORMATION OF HABIT

WITH THIS REPETITION OF SPECIFIC NEURAL PATHWAY USE AND RESULTING EASE ALSO COMES THE FORMATION OF HABIT.

HABITS STEM FAR DEEPER THAN THE STRAIGHTFORWARD ACTS BEING REPEATED;

A HABIT IS THE MANIFESTATION OF A BIOLOGICAL COMPULSION IN THE BRAIN, DOWN TO THE FIRING PATTERNS OF NEURONS.

OLD HABITS DIE HARD. TO BREAK A HABIT, ONE MUST ACTIVELY PAVE A NEW PATH AND CREATE A NEW PERSONAL STANDARD OF EASE THAT EQUATES TO OR OVERPOWERS THE PREVIOUS ONE.

 
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INTRODUCTION OF INSTANT GRATIFICATION

AS A RESULT OF MODERN TECHNOLOGY, INFORMATION HAS BECOME MORE ACCESSIBLE THAN EVER.

THE ABILITY TO ACQUIRE INFORMATION PASSIVELY EXPEDITES QUESTS, BUT SIMULTANEOUSLY NURTURES THE HABIT OF OUTSOURCING INFORMATION.

(OUTSOURCE INFORMATION - TO TAKE INFORMATION FROM EXTERNAL SOURCES IN PLACE OF ARRIVING AT SAID KNOWLEDGE INDEPENDENTLY)

BASED ON THE NATURAL INCLINATION OF OUR NEURAL PATHWAYS, IT MAKES SENSE THAT WHEN INFORMATION IS READILY AVAILABLE, HUMANS WILL CHOOSE NOT TO ARRIVE AT IT THEMSELVES.

THE NEW EASE

THE INCREASE IN ACCESSIBILITY OF INFORMATION HAS EXPANDED THE FREQUENCY IN WHICH WE ARE ABLE TO OUTSOURCE INFORMATION, CREATING A NEW SOCIETAL STANDARD OF EASE FOR THE MASSES TO ABSORB.

THIS NEW STANDARD OF EASE IS THE LACK OF REQUIREMENT FOR INDIVIDUAL THOUGHT.

NEURAL PATHWAYS ARE THE FIRST TO TAKE NOTE OF THIS NEW EASE, BASING PREFERRED COGNITIVE PRACTICE ON IT. AS A RESULT, INDIVIDUAL THOUGHT HAS INCREASINGLY BECOME A CHORE FOR MANY.

IN RESPONSE, THE BRAIN BEGINS TO EXPAND THE AREAS IN WHICH IT OUTSOURCES.

AS THIS EXPANSION REACHES THE SUBJECTIVE, WE ARRIVE AT THE OUTSOURCE EFFECT.

 
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THE OUTSOURCE EFFECT IS THE INCREASED INCLINATION TO REPLACE PERSONAL IDENTITY AND OPINION WITH OUTSOURCED INFORMATION AS A RESULT OF DECLINE IN SOCIETAL REQUIREMENT FOR INDIVIDUAL THOUGHT.

THE GREATEST ISSUE WITH THE EMERGENCE OF THE OUTSOURCE EFFECT IS THE UNSUCCESSFUL NATURE OF IT.

THE PURPOSE OF FORMING A PERSONAL IDENTITY IS TO SHAPE A SPECIALIZED APPROACH TO THE UNIQUE POSITION IN THE WORLD THAT EACH AND EVERY INDIVIDUAL IS IN. TO TAKE CARE OF ONE’S SPECIFIC NEEDS, GOALS, MISSIONS. TO KNOW WHAT THOSE MISSIONS ARE.

IT IS DIFFICULT TO EXIST FOR ONESELF WHEN THE PRACTICED APPROACH TO ONE’S EXISTENCE HAS NOT BEEN DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR THEM.

ONE MUST ASK, WHO AM I LIVING FOR? MOST IMPORTANTLY, IS IT ME?

IN ORDER TO PRACTICE AN EXISTENCE DESIGNED FOR THE INDIVIDUAL, A PERSON MUST THINK AS AN INDIVIDUAL.


(1) Nelson, Charles A. “Neural Plasticity and Human Development.” Current Directions in Psychological Science, vol. 8, no. 2, Apr. 1999, pp. 42–45.

(2) Shah, Anuj K, and Daniel M Oppenheimer. “The Path of Least Resistance.” Current Directions in Psychological Science, vol. 18, no. 4, Aug. 2009, pp. 232–236.

BY DANNY COLE, WELCOME CREATURE 2019