Tuesday, March 06, 2007

What is a Choice?

Choose a day at random.
Perhaps assign a number to every day of the week and role a die to make the final determination.
On this day do nothing that you are “supposed” to do, nothing that you don’t want to do.
Deny all responsibility for a day.
(Be reasonable, don’t let your kids play on the interstate, get someone else to watch them.)
Watch the opportunity to do what you “should” pass you by. Each time say to yourself:

“I choose not to (insert activity here)”

Pay close attention to the way you feel.
Keep a journal of your thoughts, feelings, and the results of your inaction.

On the following day resume your usual duties.
This time each time you engage in an activity say to yourself:

“I choose to (insert activity here)”.

Complete your daily tasks as though you really, really want to do them.
Be enthusiastic and participate fully in each step.

Journal about the thoughts, sensations, and results that arise.
At the end of the day objectively consider your various choices.

Which rites simply must be observed to ensure the survival of the human organism?
Which rites are inherited from the surrounding culture, which are habitual?

Where do the choices come from?
Who is running the show?


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