If you believe you exist because of what you do, then every moment you are unrealized.
Perhaps another question. When everything is going exactly as you expect it to, do you have free will? Are you free to make any choice you determine on?
You’re more often swept away by it. Things happen so easily that the choice is lost.
Perhaps a “choice” among those affiliations? Which ones to appropriate for personal “identity”?
I guess it depends what is driving you to make the choice. Can you make this choice “on your feet” as they say?
Events choose it for us? When your activity is driven by your dynamic self alone, then the choice is a foregone conclusion.
Many people describe their whole life like this. They get older and wonder how it all happened. Which would make it no real choice. I will use religion as an example. Religion tends to appeal to the emotions generally, an unconscious or semi-conscious element of our awareness, and though they make allusions to the notion that you are free to make a choice regarding the dictates of their faith, of where you stand in that world view, every element of their doctrine is designed to keep you in the dynamic state, emotionally driven, keeping the faith, as they say. The choice to sin is the choice to go to hell, which while you are feeling aligned with that faith is no choice at all. Only by falling out of the dynamic of that faith does it begin to seem like a choice.
Odd that I’ve heard lately that sin is an addiction. This seems to contradict the choice part.
Hence religious people start being evasive when engaged in a reasoned discussion of the faith? They fall back on the standard lines.
We have a religion of reason these days, and one of patriotism, good citizenship.
Fundamentalists insist that sexual orientation is a CHOICE, and that some orientations are sinful, others not. Yes, as if choice itself is a sin. Yes, you can choose, but you really shouldn’t.
Choice takes us into the conscious state which the religion driven by the dynamic wants you to avoid? Yes, but there is an opposite extreme. The opposite extreme is what we call education or conditioning. We can become so utterly invested in the information and experience we have memorized, that again we lose the ability to make choices. We come to be unable to see the things we experience in any other way than the so called familiar, the so called rational.
Oh yes, we even begin to be blind to the familiar things in our own environment. To the point that we become completely unequipped to deal with anything that exists outside of the programmed functions set up by institutions and industry.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.