The darn rudder is missing on this boat. The captain has been blindfolded and believes he is steering. The crew are asleep and the passengers are drunk with cheap wine below the deck, with no clue of what is happening outside. The boat quite often hits dangerous objects floating in the sea but neither the captain, the crew or its passengers seem to notice the damage. Whatever they are dreaming, however real it may seem, the boat is pulled only by the whims of accidental winds. There is no consciousness or intention in any of this, yet the boat continues, at its own peril, to venture in angles and circles which lead absolutely nowhere.
The trick is to disbelieve the narrative in your head. A man walks passed a stranger and after a brief moment he has fixed his idea of who and what that other man is. Unfamiliarity has been resolved, and the pattern unfolds as it did before. The man will treat, react and relate to this stranger in some accustomed fashion. There are inflexible rules ingrained in us, so deeply, in fact, that we feel utter intimacy towards them. They are a part of our identity. Whatever it says we hear with the flavour of our own voice, and in this is the reason to why we find it so difficult to disengage with them. If there are voices in you and some are real and others not, how do you discern the one from the other?
Stereotypes and judgments are not the same thing. There are patterns in the world which have to be noticed and observed, for there is an obvious advantage in being aware. Every psychological manifestation of a human being can be either conscious or unconscious, or active versus passive. The unconscious or the passive can be regarded as mechanical, with the quality one would expect from a machine. These types of thoughts and their consequent reactions make men into puppets who respond to life in a manner which simply fossilizes them as habitual creatures which encounter the same problems and obstacles throughout their entire lives.
Men have to be aware of their mechanical judgments so that it does not compel them to immediately pigeonhole strangers and situations, shutting themselves from the whole person and the whole situation. There are opportunities which are continually missed, potential lessons that are forgone, by fact that we mechanically cling to old associations and assumptions. The mind doesn’t want to create new rules; it wants to apply the same old ones and project them continuously onto the future. This is the stagnant psychology which allows a man to age from youth to infirmity, having changed not one objective bit except for having accrued a mass of memories and a gradually more relaxed state of hormonal activity.
The infant consumes life, the child imitates it, and the adult repeats by the hidden design of protocols implanted deep, deep inside. It is in supplanting satisfaction with what a man thinks he is, and creating a sense of urgency by shuffling his comforts, that he allows himself to challenge his every assumption. There are layers to it, one opening up after another depending on one’s intensity of motivation and willful persistence. A man will often stop at the first or second step, having lost interest in working on himself beyond the titillation of mere thoughts. He will more likely prefer to revert back to the basics of what he has become than to subject himself to the seemingly unnecessary effort of pervading his psychology.