“It’s a luxury to be understood.” Ralph Waldo Emerson. A mission to understand. Know thyself.
We have the initial inertia we are born with, and besides our signature inertia we all have the force of impulse acting on us. So I will ask, What is impulse?
A spike of energy.
Stuff you do just because you want to.
A spontaneous drive to do something.
An urge to act.
People think that they are in some way the authors of their own impulses. This is very far from the truth. Impulse is a pattern of energy running all through reality much like our blood pulsing through our body, but it doesn’t take a single form.
Perhaps we are all talking about impulsivity? Ah, impulsivity as an attitude would be different. Impulsivity is abandoning your own inertial centre in favour of the seemingly random and chaotic flow of impulse around us. Your eyes speak the language of impulse. Your ears hear it. Your breath moves to it. Impulse only appears disordered.
Sometimes it is called for. I agree.
People who read body language are watching impulse in your body? They are using impulse to reveal inertia. The two forces give rise to behaviour. Even a routine you may have developed is inertia plus impulse, otherwise inertia itself breaks behaviour, acts against it.
Inertia would take us to rest, impulse keeps us moving? Yes, exactly. You may not perceive your life to have much spontaneity, but every single event is a spontaneous expenditure of energy. It may just not be structured in a novel way.
I notice that when I get out of bed in the morning. Sometimes I lie there watching for when I’ll get up because I’ve noticed my body has the impulse. Without the thinking that I will do it now, suddenly I’m on my feet.
There is a system in place that has nothing to do with what you think you as a person is. That is actually the body of inertia. Left to its own devices the nature of your physical form will express itself all by itself, more or less, and it uses impulse to do that. Left alone, this is the biological automaton as it exists, and it’s what many scientists think composes your entire being, but this is not the case. There is a third element.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.