A long time ago I used to do a lot of cycling, about a hundred and fifty, two hundred miles a week.
I’d go riding after work, and I’d go on long rides on the weekend.
At one point, I changed my pedals to this clips that are attached to the bottom of your shoes, rather than the strap you slide your shoe into.
I had just put them on, and I was riding up a this big hill, so when I stopped pedaling I only had a couple seconds before my moment would stop.
Top Of The Hill
It was at this big interaction, after work so there was a lot of traffic, and I had forgotten I’d switched my pedals, so when I stopped, I realized too late my feet were stuck and fell over.
There’s a theory that history is not nearly based on individual decisions as we’d like think.
Perhaps because we look out into the world through our own ego centric filters, so we assume that history is based on the decisions of people who are in charge.
Nobody Is Ever In Charge
But plenty of evidence suggests that this isn’t the case.
One theory says that human history is based more on geography than anything else, or that history is really maps, not chaps.
A few years ago I saw this movie about the Rolling Stones.
It was about a benefit concert they did in a theater San Francisco.
Really Big Show
The tickets were really expensive, and they had a lot of other famous singers performing along with them.
Mixed in with the concern footage were a lot of interviews from when they first started.
So you could see a lot of interviews with a young, twenty something year old Mick Jagger.
Self Aware Mind
A very interesting aspect of our self awareness is that most of what we are aware of, with respect to our thinking, is not anything we are in control of.
The idea is that we have a ton of instincts, both built in and learned.
And these instincts, both built in and learned, are extremely complex.
Along with our instincts, we have our sensory input system.
So, with our sensory input system, we interpret what is going on around, and based on our complex instincts, both learned and programmed, we respond to external stimuli.
Watching Or Choosing
But for the most part, our self awareness is only watching, and not choosing.
And at the same time, we seem to have a need to come up a logical sounding, post event idea that puts us as the chooser, rather than the watcher.
The idea that free will is not what we think it is.
We believe that free will is always operating, always in control, and that we, our ego inside of our brains looking out, measuring the world and choosing how to respond, is not nearly as powerful as we think it is.
Two Sided Will
The idea is that our free will only has two basic functions.
One is when it is combined with instincts, either programmed instincts or skills we’ve learned to the point of unconscious competence.
Or deciding to program in new instincts, or learning new skills to the point of unconscious competence.
This is why we when combine our free will with skills we haven’t taken the time to program in, it absolutely sucks.
New Habits Take Time
You can choose to get up early, but unless getting up early is already a habit, it won’t work.
You can choose to go and talk to an attractive person, but unless that is something you are already capable of doing, it generally won’t come out very well.
The idea is that if you want to maximize your free will as an actual chooser, and not just a watcher, you’ve got to choose to practice new skills.
New Instinct Generator
This means the main function of our self awareness is a new instinct generator.
One of the interviewers asked him a question, and his answer was pretty funny.
He asked how long they thought they’d be doing this.
Maybe A Couple of Years
The young Mick Jagger guessed maybe they’d do this for a couple years.
Of course, after anybody achieves massive success, they tend to try and take as much conscious credit for their success as possible.
Kind of like politicians.
Yep, All Me
Whenever something good happens, they take credit.
Whenever they consciously try to do positive things, it never tends to work out.
The idea is that history is massively complicated.
Way more complicated than even a simple weather system, which is unpredictable more than few days out.
The idea is that not only do winners write the history books, but most of the winners are just lucky enough to be in the right place at the time.
I’d Better Stay In Charge
And since they happened to be in the right place at the right time, they get to write the history of what happened.
And if they wrote an honest history, that they have no idea what happened, and they just got lucky, they wouldn’t hold power.
But if they not only told everybody it was their thinking and decision making that got the good results, but they also believed it, they’d be much more likely to keep their power.
Wait, I, AHHH!
After I crashed down to the ground, and realized what an idiot I was, got back up, and noticed the car right next to me was filled with young attractive women.
Even though it was obvious to everybody that I fell over because I couldn’t unclip my feet from the pedals in time, I did the natural thing.
I looked around, and acted like I fell down on purpose.
Yeah, uh, I meant to do that.
I was just, uh, testing my, uh, reaction time.
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