You're Not Going To Believe THis About Bliss
watch out for it ... now the implications of it or maybe this comes later
get a phone with a lighter data plan
Just like you think you work for money, but you don't, you work for all the things you can do with money, the endless possibilities. That's why people strive for more and more money. They think more money is more potential, so the desire is never satisfied. It's an unfulfilling pursuit if you look at it like this.
It can easily be seen why some people would think "money is the root of all evil" when you understand the power of the promise of reward.
Money - never satisfied - Money has unlimited potential
everyone is partly true - money is the root of all evil
the desire for money can never be satiated because of it's appearence of unlimited potential, desire for money in this sense is the root or driver for actions which some would consider evil but we can see evil or the devil on your shoulder is your more nearsighted more automatic part of your brain doing what it thinks is a good idea, what it thinks will result in the most desirable outcome.
The driving force isn't while you're eating cake it is pursuing cake. If rats aren't constantly seeking food they are going to starve. Seeking more is the driving factor, and we have it too in the auto-pilot side of our brain. On the previous page the link to the lizard brain, mouse brain, monkey brain talks about this in the mouse brain section.
I'm not sure if it's obvious or not but this bliss myth, this fact that we can be so drawn to the promise of bliss, or promise of reward rather than bliss/reward itself is a huge. You might have heard of randomized rewards being the most powerful in getting us to repeat an action, (e.g. slot machines) because our brain can't figure out the pattern so we just continue to try again and again. But this promise of reward with basically no reward is the formula for every TV show, they make you think things are going to turn out but they never do, we just keep getting strung along like the rats.
Recently when thinking about this again it dawned on me that this formula of big promises for little or no reward is the formula for many consumer products, and I was thinking it would be easier if they could skip the product and get us to just pay for the brain stimulation. I was trying to think of a way they could convince someone to undergo the surgery and then be hooked for life or maybe they could just have a device rest on the head and stimulate it without surgery needed, and I pictured people walking around with handheld devices tapping a button about once a second. And then it hit me, they already did this, I don't know if it was intentional or not, but we all have these already, no surgery needed, just a phone plan. We've got the internet and email, and all other notifications coming into our phones stimulating this part of our brain, with the updates coming in at random intervals we feel we need to check it constantly.
Not all commercials, tv shows, emails, news headlines or other things promising a better future are empty promises, but many today are, it seems like the formula for the majority of businesses these days. Even if they have legitimate products they need to keep you engaged and keep you giving them more attention and money. I equate the empty ones to junk food, these are mental junk food. Interesting things are being posted on social media and on 24 hour news networks, so I think it is harder to sort out mental junk food than the food version of junk food, and you may have to sacrifice some time while people build better filters.
This may not seem like a serious problem but we are seeing signs of humans not only acting like the humans with the probes connected right to their brains, but we're acting like the rats as well. We are putting our lives at risk for these hits of dopamine. We text when we drive, we ignore our relationships, we over eat, we are making a lot of bad decisions in general these days due to this promise of reward.
One thing you can do is get rid of your phone. Since you may not do that you could reduce your data plan.
This is part of the autopilot system so it the next few posts will be about overriding the autopilot and how to reprogram it. Using the elephant metaphor it'll be "How To Train Your Elephant" :)