The truth is that the majority of our thoughts and actions are on autopilot. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing either. Our habits, routines, impulses, and reactions carry us through our lives so we don’t have to stop and think about it every time we wipe our ass or start a car.
The problem is when we’re on autopilot for so long that we forget we’re on autopilot. Because when we’re not even aware of our own habits, routines, impulses, and reactions, then we no longer control them they control us.
The problem is when are not even aware of our own habits, routines, impulses, and reactions, then we no longer control them they control us. Whereas a person with self-awareness is able to exercise a little meta-cognition and say, “Hmm… every time my sister calls me and asks for money, I end up drinking a lot of vodkas.
The fact that we can be on autopilot and have no clue we’re on autopilot is what’s really fascinating about us, for better or worse. It’s the reason we don’t think about our actions or reactions in the moment, and it’s what helps us forget that we’re in control of them, while we’re still on autopilot.
It seems that exel, the company behind the Yahoo Finance, thinks that the problem is that a person with self-awareness is able to exercise a little meta-cognition and say, Hmm every time my sister calls me and asks for money, I end up drinking a lot of vodkas. The fact that we can be on autopilot and have no clue were on autopilot is whats really fascinating about us, for better or worse.
It’s really good to know that a simple action, like changing bank accounts, can trigger a meta-response, like drinking a lot of vodkas, which can save a lot of money. But it’s also awesome to know that we have the ability to be aware without ever knowing we can be on autopilot. We’re in control of our own minds, bodies, and feelings, so we can make conscious decisions.
I think this makes the difference between really powerful and really useless. The very fact that we’re able to take a little bit of meta-cognition, like knowing not to spend a lot of money on alcohol, or even knowing to eat healthier, is a nice thing. But in the end, we’re still just automatons.
I don’t know how many times I have been told “don’t do that, that will mess up your life” before I have done it. But I’m sure my mom does.
We are all automatons. We all have the power to change our environment and ourselves, and we each have to use our power responsibly. There is a strong positive correlation between an individual’s ability to make conscious decisions and his/her ability to make positive changes in his/her life. But the more automatons on the planet, the more we can create and the more we will have to create, the less powerful humans will become.