Saturday, July 4, 2009

The Complexity of Thought as an Indivisible Movement.

What is the nature of thought? Yesterday´s post stated that thought is essentially the outcome of knowledge that has been held in one´s memory. This knowledge is acquired through experience, which is essentially anything, any particular moment in the past that has left a residue behind in memory. That residue becomes the knowledge stored and used in future moments. So, within the nature of thought, there is included memory, knowledge, and past experience. But that is certainly not all. Feeling/Emotion is also part of the nature of thought, for you cannot have one without the other. Feeling/Emotion only exist and make sense, that is, can only be recognized, when meaning is given to it and the circumstance it springs from. Meaning, defining, measuring, comparing, all of these movements of thought are necessary to some degree in order to have feeling/emotion. Otherwise, there is no emotion. Take anger, for instance. In order to have the feeling of anger, the situation, person, event, circumstance that this anger arises within must have a certain meaning, value, significance, otherwise one would not feel anger at all.

Again, it is tied into memory and how images/knowledge are held by the brain and able to be recalled in order to lend meaning to a current event. So feeling is included in thought. Also, knowledge can be thought of as the word and the image. Words and images are held in memory and it is knowledge in these forms that guide and direct present action through the instrument of thought.
Now what are some of the factors that guide, direct thought in the present moment? Clearly thought moves and is directed by a great sense and need for comfort, security, and permanence, even if these attributes are not actually possible for thought to obtain. Thought is driven, twisted by such pursues.

Need, itself, is yet another powerful attribute of this movement of thought. Once it is established that thought needs security, this necessity drives thought in several powerfully mechanical ways. There is comparison, measurement, like-dislike (reward-punishment), recognition, conformity, ideals, and reassurance, all constantly operating in order to navigate thought through the unknown moments that unfold before it. And of course, the entire operation of navigating the unknown waters of this next moment spring from the accumulation of all past moments, as knowledge, as the word and a comparable image. One, therefore, cannot exclude perception from the movement of thought, because once thought springs into action it effects the moment at hand, alters it, changes it, and therefore one´s perception of the moment at hand is effected as well.

If one can acknowledge this taking place in any given moment one can begin to come upon the danger of this movement. For once thought acts in this moment, thus altering perception, it is the altered perception that is taken in and recorded as knowledge in memory, not the perception of what is taking place before the interference of thought. How can one be sure? Surely a key factor in remembrance is the word, for it is the word which holds together an image, which can then be held in memory and translated into knowledge that can then re-act in another moment as thought. If one is capable of observing this movement as it operates currently within you, one can begin to see how this process becomes all encompassing and completely isolating. It is a process that isolates itself the more it moves and records and therefore defines it´s security and comfort as a strengthening of this isolation.

This isolation, the culmination of the indivisible movement of thought, is what each of us refer to as the individual, the self...me. How extraordinarily non-individual we all are!