Video & Discussion: Choosing Your Experience

I’d like to pose a discussion question for this video.

Does the individual have the ability to alter the automatic default setting described in this video (e.g. Mother Culture’s tendencey to make us irritable, untrusting, rushed, annoyed, agitated, lethargic, bored, etc…)?

In other words, is this an innate part of our existence or is it learned from our culture?

If innate can we fight it?……If learned can we change it?

I’d love to hear the thoughts of my co-contributors and readers!A shout out to my friend David Brokaw for sending me this video today!

5 responses to “Video & Discussion: Choosing Your Experience

  1. Well, I just watched the entire video. And I don’t really know how to begin other than to say that this addresses (or starts to address) an enormous conundrum concerning our society. It discusses how we might view the surroundings of our civilization around us, and how important it is to consider various perspectives *within* it. But as is typically the case, the narrator fails to see “outside the box”, and instead simply advises the audience to “see, and accept” things as they are, but from a “healthier” vantage point. Essentially, he’s acknowledging the vast labyrinth that we all find ourselves in, and then proceeds to tell us that we should make peace with it, rather than to search for the exit door that would allow us to *solve* the puzzle. The unspoken implication is that the maze is too complex to be solved. It’s basically a subtle prognostication about an unsolvable quagmire of culture under the guise of enlightenment, when really, the emotion I derived at the end was sheer hopelessness. That’s just my view on the video. Sorry for the length of this diatribe, but it’s a subject that hits home for me, and has for a very long time.

    • Tim, to a lesser degree I felt the same way you did. I didn’t feel “hopeless” but did pick up on the “unspoken implication is that the maze is too complex to be solved.” That is perhaps an important underlying message to be aware of while watching this.

      On the other hand, I applaud his efforts to encourage the question of “why”, “why do I feel this way?” should be on our minds as often as possible. When you start asking that question you start to realize that the frustrations, boredom, lethargy, etc. that you feel is somewhat (or entirely) self-imposed. Just by looking around and saying, “damn, this is totally f*ed up” he is instigating a need to stop being so docilely accepting of “the way it is.” How many people choose not to even try to see things another way because “well that’s just how it is.” I say, poopoo to that notion.

      For the lay person who doesn’t spend hours, months, and/or years studying metaphysics, human consciousness or existentialism this is a great introduction to a new experience of daily consciousness and human experience.

      What say you to this, Dear Tim?

  2. I loved this. The discussion of the default setting is apt, and the option to open our minds to other possibilities is paramount. I know I had a recent experience where I could have gone with my routine, default setting, but I chose to act on another possibility. It ended up being a wonderful and meaningful experience. I could have completely missed out if I had just done my daily grind. I will go back to this story in detail in my part 3 post on intuition, but for now I will say that this video and message is so important to us. Allowing the choice to consider other options will open our minds to the collective unconscious. When we are open to these options, messages will come our way. If we are on the default setting, we can so easily miss the messages that are meant to change our lives.

  3. I suppose, Kayce. For those who haven’t delved into “alternative” forms of consciousness, it could very well be a great introductory study into analyzing the “whys” and the “hows” about the way we function within the metropolitan grid. I don’t know. Maybe I should take a second look at the video. There’s a documentary called “What the bleep do we know?” that I saw several years back that might be a great followup to this presentation here. But you definitely have a point about how this could encourage deeper thought into the existential aspects of what makes our minds tick, as we proceed through the dairly course of our lives. As an “outsider” looking in *while within* (sorry if that doesn’t sound sensible!), I don’t know how it’s possible, or rather, I can’t relate to seeing the “matrix” around us from a point of “acceptance”. It’s just so foreign to my way of thinking. But that could be the result of seeing through an “indigenous lens” that views the entirety of urban existance as little more than an artificial construct superimposed onto the natural rhythms of pristine woodlands and prairies!

  4. This video is a little bit of a downer…I know the point being made but man it makes me glad I don’t live a repetitive life like the one in the video. Anywho..not the point at all! I think it is a great first step to some simple consciousness awareness but also reminds me that life is about perspective. Even living a day to day life like the one in the movie seems very generic. Sometimes it’s not even being conscious of the other people around you but of your life in general. You are at the store, instead of complaining about the lines and the huge isles and old carts, why not be thankful you have a local store to share with your neighbors, you have a car to drive (even in traffic) to get there, and you have money and the ability to feed yourself. So yes smile at the other people in line because maybe they are going through more than you know, but your false empathy should not be the one thing keeping your spirits up in the grocery store. Being thankful and loving life should be something to hold on to at all times and this I feel is the key…it is infectious and the people or experience that seems so frustrating will eventually, through your projections, turn into something else maybe more wonderful than you could have imagined….

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