Organization of Thought
Organization of thought is my intent in starting this blog. My aim is to better organize the sporadic, boundless, never-ending train of thought that constantly infiltrates my psyche (mind). Our thoughts are in a state of chaos, there is no pattern or organization. They come, they go, they are influenced by past experiences collaborating with present attention to guide us progressively into the future…or the contrary when negative thought patterns prevail. The key is to filter which thoughts you bring to the surface in order to utilize and act upon those thoughts to your benefit. We need to dissect the chaos(entropy) and transfigure our thoughts through organization and rational choice into ever-growing order(extropy). Having a highly focused mind is like having a superpower. This is where genius comes from, the ability to use thought patterns in a controlled manner. To turn measured thoughts into actions, and to turn sets of actions into your life….or life’s work.
“The truth is, just having a concentrated mind — that’s not getting lost in thought — is just intrinsically pleasurable. It’s intrinsically blissful. It’s the emotional bass note of all the good drug experiences.”
— Sam Harris
I imagine having the power of filtering out all my negative thoughts. All my self-destructing thought patterns, my unjustified fears, my learned insecurities…all gone. What a blissful life that would be.. To communicate freely what I mean, without any barriers of understanding or fear of rejection… ok I’m getting carried away into fantasy. So many things on our minds at any given time.
Getting back to the point, I want to be able to choose exactly what it is I want to focus on. To flow down a pure stream of conscious thought not affected by the endless barriers(distractions) of the outer world: noise, material excess, comfort, other beings, society, advertising, social media…and worst of all: the consumption of the things we don’t need.
I pledge to work on this by bringing out my thoughts and writing them down, seeing what’s hiding in there, what I need to bring out to understand and also what I need to discard. I started making lists of what I need to achieve daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and woahrr I must say this habit alone has increased my productivity tenfold, or whatever… it’s better. When you have an objective of thought (ex. making a list) you concentrate your thoughts on exactly what it is that needs to be done. Without doing so, we meander on with no set path…which time after time ends in a destructive loop of procrastination, which reminds me of this quote: “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” -Lewis Carroll
“Subjectively, our thoughts come from nowhere: they just pop into our heads, or emerge in the form of words leaving our mouths.” – , PhD
“Thoughts” come from our processing of sensory data, memories, emotions, and previous thoughts combined. These thoughts are implanted by external influences such as educators, family, friends, music, media or really anyone(thing) we exchange or consume information from. Unfortunately, this can sometimes be involuntary. Our primary source of ideas, memes, and thoughts comes from language, which is an organization of thought, emotion, and feeling into a verbal vibration of information communicated. “Language is the ability to acquire and use complex systems of communication” (Wikipedia) I am using language as a tool to communicate my thoughts here on this platform. For me personally, since I am a thinker, for better or worse(depending on the situation) I am not so extraordinary expressing myself or my thoughts accurately in person. I need time to think and respond with a conscious answer. After achieving my goal of organized written thought I will graduate to proficiency of verbal communication.
My long term goal is to use regulated thought to improve my self-control.
Ethan Afriam Solouki
June 19th, 2017
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
Disclaimer: Nothing I say is meant to be presented as a fact or an absolute truth. Rather it is simply what I make of this world given my accumulated knowledge and experience. I believe truth is relative and what I believe now can completely change in a matter of seconds given a logical ideology is introduced to change my paradigm.