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6. Enlightenment (6.2.6-6.2.9)
Written by Messiah   
Thursday, 06 July 2006

6.2.6    Conflict

Mind programming has its foundation in the abstracts of conflicts, arguments and beliefs. I would tell you that the highest building in the world is about 10.000 meters high. Let’s say you have no idea about how tall buildings are and then it won’t make such a great conflict for you or you are for example an architect with skyscrapers as your main profession and then you definitely will find yourself in a conflict situation. These were two examples on the scale of “importance”. Before one make a decision to enter a conflict one make a judgment on what one can make out of the conflict. If the scale of importance indicates low, you only will enter the conflict for fun or to be polite. But if the importance is high, you will use a skill called “Cognitive Empathy” to filter out conflicts that wont give what you want. It works like this: Either you judge me as being a liar, because there are no such buildings and skip the conflict to save your own energy. Or you judge me as a trustworthy person and enter the conflict because you get interested in why I’m lying. In this case you sacrifice some of your energy, but you gain a conflict.

This put you on the next scale, before the decision to enter the conflict. This scale I call the scale of “disguise”. Conflicts are good as long as there are good intentions. Conflicts move the participant forward, both in terms of knowledge in the specific subject but mainly in “Cognitive Empathy” skills. These skills are the most precious mind skills that one can have. These skills are vital to be able to lie and manipulate without being exposed. But these skills are also vital if trying to expose a liar’s intention.

- “There is no problem, your mind created it for you.”

The above line is the basic foundation of Cognitive therapy. If one is a skilled interpreter of others (Empathy) cognitive mindsets, one can make a choice to stay disguised to drain the subject on intentions before entering the conflict. Either you put me as a trustworthy liar on disguise level low, which most likely will enter the conflict as you do not risk being manipulated by me or you define me as a risk and disguise yourself. This mean that you will stay outside the conflict and observe me and me moves against you as well as others. Maybe you have noticed that generally the most intelligent and most social skilled persons also are the most quite persons in ordinary discussions. But as soon as you step into their specific interests, they most often take over the complete discussion with great energy. Why? Well, by now you would understand it.

Learning this about conflicts, one also digs deeper into programming the mind. Those quiet individuals are the ones, good or bad, that have developed their understanding from experiences to core personal values. These core values are the fundamental seeds that create the ambitions and further the personality as a whole. According to me, we all are built out of conflicts. Our understanding and our skills in controlling this make up ourselves as we are.

6.2.7    Cognitive Empathy

When scanning thru all different types of mental treatments, I find the rather new area called "Cognitive" therapy to be the most effective and attached to reality. My reason is simple; by understanding the basics of it one will understand that most living creature’s needs treatment. Here we move across the boarder of what we considered to be a mental illness to the state which is considered generally normal. It is within this new type of mental treatment I can find what I define as the fundamental part of mental enlightenment: "Cognitive Empathy". I would define Cognitive Empathy as the most advanced and complicated area of mental understanding. According to my own view of it, I would state that no matter how enlightened you are or will become, cognitive empathy will tell you that potentially anyone may actually be even more enlightened than you. Why is this important understanding? Well, what differs from standard psychology is that it flattens the otherwise so accepted hierarchy. In the world of psychology the great profiles (Freud, Pavlov, Wundt etc) are almost treated like Gods and this type of Gloria follows almost all individuals who work with psychology and mental treatment. Think of it and you will most likely agree.

Let’s focus on the major part of humanity, the 99,999% which is considered normal. My definitions of “cognitive empathy”, however, will not consider anyone normal. According to it, everyone needs treatment. This of course also include the one's who are working with mental training. It’s just a matter of mental perspective. - "Under the circumstances, normal" is the definition which can be use on almost anyone. It’s the circumstances according the Cognitive therapy which is the key. It’s about the mind and emotions. But were many cognitive therapists suppress the old fundamental ideas of Freud and others, I would state there are more keys than just the Cognitive path of psychology, which many seems to think.

Going back to the empathy of Cognitive understanding I would again state that there is a great difference between knowledge and understanding. I mean that one can successfully learn, teach and treat using cognitive methods without understanding how it actually works. And I also mean that someone who do not study or even have heard about Cognitive psychology may possess understanding of it by nature. This means that the treated subject may actually be even more understanding about it than the therapist without knowing it, which of course complicates things. Cognitive psychology is about how our mind process information. There is high focus on emotions within Cognitive psychology. How the emotions are affected by everything that the mind is processing in each situation. The more variables that the mind is able to process the better cognitive skills one normally say.  I mean that Freud and other older doctrines of psychology are still as important as they were before. The cognitive path is just a new tool to use to easier explain why and how mental problems work and expand, but not why they occurred in the first place.

6.2.8    Abstract reasoning

Understanding the basics of the above one could begin play with minds. A skilled chess player normally plan several moves ahead which include alternative moves depending on the opponent moves. A skilled player also study the opponent strategies during the, which gives extra information about which moves that will give most effective against the opponent. Thinking of something, in this case the opponent, and creating an image in mind of him/her to use for processing is commonly referred to as “Abstract reasoning”. By adapting possibly moves onto the image and if one or more are committed one are able to plot the opponent skills. We all use abstract reasoning in our daily life. Most of us just don’t understand it or think of it. For example the word “Happiness” is an abstraction of many things as there are people and events or states of being which make them happy.

Is there a relation between understanding and abstract reasoning? Well, I say it is. Abstract reasoning is the product of understanding. As soon as one gain understanding in a specific subject one automatically will begin to reason using abstract mechanisms concerning the specific subject. Some people do not like the humor of Monty Pyton. They may argue about the silliness in soldiers hitting each others face with fish or the silly walk sketch. However, I would say that the humor in Monty Pyton is aligned with those who use abstract reasoning a lot in daily life. Monty Pyton’s humor is not about what’s going on in the sketches; it’s about human values and behavior. So in the same way as the chess player build an image of its opponent, we all build images of our surroundings. And onto these images we put values, which make up our view of the world we which we interact with.

6.2.9    Freedom of thought

Freedom of thought (also called freedom of conscience) is the freedom of an individual to hold a viewpoint, or thought, regardless of anyone else's view. The suppression of freedom of thought is a prominent characteristic of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes, while freedom of thought is one of the fundamental principles of most democracies. Freedom of thought can be limited in several ways — through censorship, arrests, book burning, or, more subtly, through propaganda. Freedom of thought can also be stifled without institutional interference when the views of the majority become so widely accepted that other ways of thinking are repressed. For this reason, some condemn political correctness as a form of limiting freedom of thought. Why do some try to limit thoughts? Well, by know one must understand that thoughts, free from limits, is the key to understanding. Having own thoughts and by reasoning about them may initiate a powerful force which is so great that it may overthrow regimes if released to the masses.

Our skills in processing information are related to our view of life. If you wonder why you think society goes to fast these days, you may find the answer deep down in your personal values. Values are programmed, most certainly not built by you alone. If I were able to program your fundamental values, I would be able to limit and/or redirect your view of life and thereby also change your skills in processing information. I would say that the definition “freedom of thought” only state that we all are free to have our own thoughts, but it does not say anything about who placed them in our minds.

 

 


 
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