GE14: It’s not the choice, but the question that drives us

“Yes, these are people attempting to imprint the words “1MDB,” “kleptocrat” and “RM42 billion” in your minds by amplifying them through the thoughts of the collective. Their mission is to send you to the voting booth in blind rage by pumping your veins with anger-juice. Perhaps, they’re riding on the idea that the ink of perception is indelible and a million times harder to erase than the ink of reason and sensibility”

THE THIRD FORCE

The human mind.

Ask any scientist what it is, and he (or she) will speak of neurochemical activity and the firing of neurons. Ask a psychologist what it is, and you’ll be treated with theories of consciousness and how your mind defines your being. They’re really the same people looking through different peepholes. Which is why, you already have scientists today meeting psychologists halfway and saying, “I think we may have missed out on a crucial element.”

On the 29th of September 2016, world renowned psychiatrist Dan Siegel told Psychology Today that the mind was more than a product of the brain, that we humans have an “interconnected mind” that serves as the basis to a collective wisdom. While the revelation helped unravel some mysteries related to the human psyche, all Siegel did was to breathe new life into a centuries old theory suggesting that the collective human conscience was interconnected at levels beyond comprehension of structured science.

And that makes it two avenues with which your thoughts are guided. On the one hand, you’re bombarded with physical and emotional experiences every second of your waking hours in ways that skew your views and opinions towards certain extremes. On the other hand, you’re being affected every second of your being by the thoughts of a collective that’s subconsciously and metaphysically projected onto yours. And the end result?

Sweet harmony in chaos.

Just when you thought you were in control of your mind, at some obscure level and through some grand design, you’re not. All you are is a contributor to a set of random interactions and responses that physicists – who’re inclined to look through their own distinct peepholes – measure as entropy. At some point, that randomness collapses into a wave of notes that propagate through time in melodic harmony.

Now, I’m not sure who the composer of that music is. Part of me says that the grand Maestro is Allah, while the other part says that Allah is simply a manifestation of that music, that the Prophet Muhammad was able to perceive what our feeble minds couldn’t. Either way, the goal is never to understand the choices you’re going to make once you have already decided to make them. The goal is to understand the reason you decided to make those choices in a manner that questions your deepest convictions.

Then, and only then would it occur to you that your choices may have been affected by false perceptions fed to you. Once you discover that, you’ll begin to see that at any one time, your being is hinged on each of a thousand choices, many of which were not your own but imprinted in your conscience through the music of life. Question is, will you ever be able to function normally without guidance from the rhythm of that music?

I don’t know.

What I do know, is that the next step in human evolution is when we stop making arbitrary choices and start questioning the reason we make them. And I’m not referring to outwardly reasons, like who we prefer as Prime Minister or if Anwar Ibrahim is fit to become one. What we ought to be asking ourselves is if we’re in full control of our own thoughts or are being manipulated in ways we may not be aware of.

Your concern should be with Lim Kit Siang and the reason he keeps referring to Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak as a kleptocrat. Your concern should be Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the reason he keeps alluding to the figure RM42 billion. As a matter of fact, you should be concerned about Tony Pua and the real reason he keeps linking 1MDB to Najib.

Yes, these are people attempting to imprint the words “1MDB,” “kleptocrat” and “RM42 billion” in your minds by amplifying them through the thoughts of the collective. Their mission is to send you to the voting booth in blind rage by pumping your veins with anger-juice. Perhaps, they’re riding on the idea that the ink of perception is indelible and a million times harder to erase than the ink of reason and sensibility.

Seriously, are these not matters you ought to concern yourselves with?

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