How A Belief In Your Total Autonomy Can Allow Your Mental Enslavement

A person who believes they can’t be put in chains won’t take precautions against being put in chains. This is what I’m going to be talking about here.

Some people believe that their “logical mind” and their “emotional mind” are separate, and that the “logical mind” would be free from emotional influence. In reality there is no actual separation, and anyone can check this for themselves. Take any belief that you believe to be logically true, as long as it’s not something related to some Cartesian belief about your existence. Then trace back what exactly are your logical reasons and why do you trust those reasons. If you keep asking why, like why do you trust your observation of something when you know it’s possible to observe something incorrectly, why do you trust your memory when you know it’s possible to remember incorrectly, then you will always end up in the same place: it just feels true. Everything you believe is in the end based on your emotions. There is nothing wrong or invalid with that principle, it’s just how things have to go. What you might consider your “logical mind” is just you figuring things out within the framework that your emotions give you. Therefore if you’re not protecting your emotions then anyone can manipulate you. If you believe that you are this autonomous entity with free will then your will can be turned against you without you even realizing it. Plenty of people do want to protect their feelings for the reason that they don’t want to feel bad, but they don’t think about the implications of those bad feelings, and therefore, for example, they might think they should just toughen up and get through someone treating them badly. The feelings you experience are what create the emotional associations. Sometimes it can be understandable to push through a bad feeling, but if you knew that in enduring the feeling you might be setting a constraint for your mind, then would you do something differently? If someone can change the emotional association you have for something then they can change your behavior. After the constraint has been set the person might not realize anything has happened, from their perspective they still just do things that make sense to them and they take that to always be valid. People who are skilled at influencing others know that the way to appeal to others is through their emotions, and that’s for a reason. Emotions are not just something that “gets in the way of your thinking”, they are instead integral to your thinking.

Now, if this is a new perspective for you, then you shouldn’t be wondering how can you make sure it won’t happen to you. You should be wondering how it already has happened to you. Why do you have the emotional associations you have? Why do you have your values? Do they really serve you?

This understanding can go a lot further than just considering your own mind. It is important for understanding the minds of others, specifically how their minds might differ from yours. In these days there’s a lot of talk about how people seem to believe in different realities. This is because people have different emotional associations that they will have as the cornerstones of their thinking. Then people try to discuss these differences by using the logic they derive from their own emotional associations, which falls on deaf ears because the other person doesn’t share the association. But the person making the argument isn’t thinking that. The person making the argument is thinking that what they say simply makes sense. Does this make sense to you? It will depend on how you feel about it.

If these thoughts interest you then you can find out more about this belief system here:

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