- create a vaccum
- meet them halfway
- understand group thinking. The croud is one giant animal
- create us vs them
- don’t stand behind the fence
- Crowds like it in C Major
- You’re part of a bigger picture
The electrochemical brain processes that result in murder are
either deterministic or random or a combination of both — but they
are never free. For example, when a neuron fires an electric charge,
this may be either a deterministic reaction to external stimuli, or
perhaps the outcome of a random event such as the spontaneous
decomposition of a radioactive atom. Neither option leaves any room
for free will. Decisions reached through a chain reaction of
biochemical events, each determined by a previous event, are
certainly not free. Decisions resulting from random subatomic
accidents aren’t free either; they are just random. And when random
accidents combine with deterministic processes, we get probabilistic
outcomes, but this too doesn’t amount to freedom.
Suppose we build a robot whose central processing unit is linked
to a radioactive lump of uranium. When choosing between two
options — say, press the right button or the left button — the robot
counts the number of uranium atoms that decayed during the
previous minute. If the number is even — it presses the right button. If
the number is odd — the left button. We can never be certain about
the actions of such a robot. But nobody would call this contraption
‘free’, and we wouldn’t dream of allowing it to vote in democratic
elections or holding it legally responsible for its actions.
Emotions are natural expressions of biological/personal ideology. They are the language of the subconsciousness, which trigger thoughts in the conscious mind.
We don’t control the cause of the emotion but we all control our reaction to the emotion. Eg. When we fail the test, we feel negative emotions. But we can choose to react to it positively by pledging to do better next time, or looking at this failure as an opportunity to try something else. This positive reaction to the emotion then triggers positive emotions that cancel out the original negative emotions.
This is how we can manage emotions and come back to equilibrium. If you want to always be stoic, cancel our positive emotions with negative reaction/thoughts/point of view and vice versa. Then you’ll always be at peace and won’t be swayed up and down by emotions all the time.