Re: Next Bubble or Last Hurrah? - Part I: Stocks and houses - Eric Janszen
Originally Posted by flintlock
So true. Only normally its 6 year olds acting this way, not adults. I say find out why some people won't grow up and you'll have your answer. Or at least part of it. Perhaps its too easy today not to grow up? Less consequences for your actions? Get fat, there a pill for that. Cancer from smoking? We treat that too. But we had this same type behavior in the past. Perhaps not so many though. Today its an epidemic.
I think the epidemic we're seeing today is the subordination of emotions to thought. People readily come to believe that they cannot control their emotional impulses, and that they must "learn to live with them" instead (in other words, give in, but have an excuse).
Emotions come from ideas. People come to ideas by either thinking or non-thinking, and this is a choice. This means there is a volitional acceptance, though not necessarily a conscious acceptance of those ideas. Free will is the choice to be conceptually conscious or to lapse toward the perceptual level.
"Thinking is not an automatic function. In any hour and issue of his life, man is free to think or to evade that effort. Thinking requires a state of full, focused awareness. The act of focusing one's consciousness is volitional. Man can focus his mind to a full, active, purposefully directed awareness of reality—or he can unfocus it and let himself drift in a semiconscious daze, merely reacting to any chance stimulus of the immediate moment, at the mercy of his undirected sensory-perceptual mechanism and of any random, associational connections it might happen to make." (in other words, acting on emotional impulse).
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