%% DRAFT --- The metaphor of birth. The metaphor of sex. 1. Ideas are born in our minds as the product of the intercourse of other ideas. 2. When born an idea tries to branch and connect with well established beliefs for survival purpose. 3. This is what we experience as “connections”, the aha. 4. An idea grows through phases. When birthed it is prone to die at any moment if it doesn’t make itself necessary or useful. 5. What we experience as getting obsessed with an idea is a fight for survival within the mental landscape. 6. Much like any independent persevering entity, ideas seek immortality. They will try to fuse with the most stable beliefs you have as these have access to significant mental resources. 7. It is about logistics. 8. If you do not condition an idea it will contaminate every aspect of your mindscape. 9. One way of conditioning is to express the idea and see if it survives outside your mind and how. 10. If the idea is resilient enough it will survive in other people too. 11. Ideas have implicit code. 12. When put in various situation, the person who has the idea occupying a significant part of his mindscape that is, being an active component of his reality filter, will derive different pieces of knowledge that serve as a local justification for his behavior. Such is the code, an idea has prescription within it. 13. Expression is a necessity to regulate thought or else one would be limited most to internal conflict. And knowing how hard it is to fight silent battles, internal conflict will bring corruption within the mentalscape and deviation from realistic thought. Everyone falls for ideology The passage from being the one who came up with the idea to the one which is possessed by it. Ideas have code — all the hidden implicit knowledge that one experience as they expose themselves to various situations while lensing reality through that idea --- %% Ideas seek immortality. Unlike what most of us think, we do not come up with them. They happen to us. We are just consumers. Informational metabolisms. We surely seek them; sometimes desperately. We definitely ask for them just like we ask for food. Some of them taste good and others are unbearable. Ideas have qualities. They can induce hallucinations and distort our reality. The worst are viral. They hijack our processes and motivations. They make us just another mouth. A node in their transmittance network. I became aware of this very early in my journey. I noticed the nature of thoughts I entertain right after reading a book. It felt like I had none of my own. I kept echoing the author's ideas. Rationalizations featuring them kept spawning randomly as if I was responsible for their consistency. Yet, they weren't mine. I called it, intellectual contamination. Ideas see birth in our minds via intercourse of pre-existing thoughts. They are either intended if actively sought or a happenstance of subconscious background activity. However, "natural" ideas are always a spontaneous product. The mind actively seeks to combine them as if it is trying to fit puzzle pieces. The resulting background noise will see instances of actual fitting. When two fertile ideas are pinned against one another a new one is birthed. Some of them are so potent and multi-faceted that they can bifurcate off themselves. New ideas grow through phases. When birthed they are prone to die at any moment if they don’t make themselves necessary or useful. Thus, new ideas immediately attempt to branch and link with well-established beliefs for survival purposes. Realized connections are experienced as "Aha!" moments. The chances of survival of an idea are dependent on the current state of the mind and compatibility with the active beliefs. Furthermore, a new entity has to always fight for its place in an established environment. What we experience as "getting obsessed with an idea" is merely a fight for survival within our mind. It can either take over like a desease or be tamed into a meaningful source of insight. Much of the idea's potential is explored or realized during this obsession phase. Attention is the deciding factor as what thrives or not. It is the reason why an idea will try to fuse with the most stable beliefs you have as these have access to significant mental resources. It is a blind battle for logistics. A bad idea might go viral or a good idea might just die. However, if you do not condition either, they will contaminate every aspect of your mindscape. It is just how ideosis works. Force early encounters with the external world. Express the idea and see if it survives outside your mind and how. If the idea is resilient enough it will survive in other people too. If an idea has potential it will resonate with other people and they will embrace it. Expression is a necessity to regulate thought or else, we would only have internal conflict. It is hard to fight silent battles. Internal conflicts can induce corruption within the mind and deviation from realistic thought. The danger to be found in meddling with ideas comes mainly from their deceiving appearances. Their simple formulations hides a plethora of unspoken justifications. Ones that you may not be ready to face nor to accept. The truth behind an idea only becomes apparent when we see its effect on someone who goes by it. Only then, we realize how naïve and clueless we were about its consequences and come to realize that, Ideas have implicit code. By accepting a thought, we can get coerced to act just because we experience the duty to be true to our beliefs. But what if those beliefs aren't ours. And what if those beliefs serve other agendas. It is no wonder, that controlling thoughts is so efficient at moving individuals and even crowds. We might take positions we not agree with. Behave in ways that exposes us as something we never thought we were. Thoughts can lead us. They filter what we can see. At the end, everyone falls for ideology. What matters is, what do you choose to consume.