Consciousness, your greatest friend and greatest enemy
Your body wants to survive. Your thoughts want to win
That doesn’t want anything.
And I want you to know that this is exactly the enemy image that you can strike. The only, morally most legitimate enemy image, which is why many motivational speakers keep talking about the fact that the greatest fight is taking place „within you“. You have to fight „you“ to win. And that’s your irrational, emotional part that just wants satisfaction and then can die because it’s happy. But you don’t want that. Your body doesn’t want that, nor does your thoughts normally. Simply because your body is made up of rational building blocks that go through rational processes and make up your brain, your heart, your lungs, your organs, and all of that. And you can’t help at all that you exist as you exist. And you can’t help the fact that just because of this thing in your skull humanity could populate the whole world, find ways to fight creatures that were bigger, stronger, faster, and to drive them back.
Your consciousness is constantly questioning your path. That’s good too, but it’s unnecessary. That’s why, in my opinion, it is an irrational goal to want to see meaning in something. Ensuring your survival is a rational goal. Winning is something personal. Regardless of what environment has shaped you, in the end it is always your personal goal to have won something, whether it was through a peaceful act or not. But this questioning makes you think about what you no longer need to think about because there is nothing you can do about the fact that you want to survive. You can’t do anything other than accept, but your consciousness doesn’t want that. It can’t do that either, because imagine that every human being would live like an animal, but think like a robot.
Consciousness would not exist at all, and all people who would ever live and die again would be exactly the same. They would pursue the same goals because they all come from the same environment, where there is no violence, no irrational people, no demotivation and exhaustion. Everyone would be like robots, nobody would have a personality, and in the end everything lives to the end of life without ever feeling any feelings or appreciation. Questioning is the reason for our survival, because without our consciousness every researcher in the laboratory would not be able to research free will, and we would be back to the initial problem:
We are only animals.
With irrationality comes creativity and uniqueness. But also the demotivation. Creative approaches combined with a successful breakthrough (e.g. in an experiment) and a subsequent cry of emotional joy are not entirely meaningless, but cannot be explained logically. It is possible that there will never be a method in science to specifically search for theories and hypotheses according to a system and to work them off through experiments. But maybe yes. And if this system exists, we could theoretically go on living without consciousness. So survive. Life would ultimately be useless and pointless. Imagine the principle of reincarnation: You die and are reborn, but in a different body, with a different environment, different psychological ties, and relationships.
Your rational goals were unchanged, but your personal goals would develop differently because of your obligation to adapt (to survive). If there were no consciousness, this cycle would repeat itself over and over again without a living being ever being aware of it being alive. It would have just followed logic, biology, chemistry and physics, without being able to truly maintain control, let alone exercising any kind of control. Now comes the contradiction that proves the existence of consciousness:
Our body, or the biological being itself, is programmed in such a way that it constantly wants to have power. Control is a kind of power. Only we, who have a brain, can think, draw conclusions, will, and thus have longer-term goals, know this.
Other living beings know nothing of knowledge as a form of power, because they just couldn’t think about how this accidentally created species called Homo Sapiens could manage it to the extent (accidentally).
Accordingly, it is thanks to irrationality that I write these lines at all, and that you can read these lines, because only through consciousness can we come up with a clever thought that inspires us to a goal that is supposed to carry an alleged meaning.
Most of the time this is only talked into, there is no point that has persuaded us to exist. And if so, then this is coincidence and the findings from science that shed further light on this coincidence.
Final words do not occur to me or my consciousness at the moment. So just: Here, have a biscuit! 🍪
I hope you still have a wonderful and philosophical day, stay curious, and …
Thank you for reading!