“As if one believed anything by instinct! One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them.”
— Mustapha Mond – Resident World Controller for Western Europe, Brave New World
A thought just popped into your mind when you finished that quote. Can you remember it? Was it something like, ‘No! I make up my own mind.’
Think about that statement for a moment. Is that really what you believe now in a time of complete control by algorithm’s designed to keep your attention.
We are conditioned from birth to expect things. That means we’ve learned over time or been taught to anticipate them. Brave New World takes this to the extreme but there are ones closer to home we can look at. For example, many people become conditioned to eat something sweet after dinner. I know I am. But why do we eat in that order?
“If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding. How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat yer meat?”
— Pink Floyd, Another Brick in the Wall
From time to time I believe it would be a good idea to question your beliefs. Are they based on conditioning or from your own experience and thought?
You might ask yourself, what have I been conditioned to believe about [Insert subject here]? For example, my BIG goals, my health, race, gender or discipline.
The next question could be, what have I conditioned myself to believe about [Insert subject here]?
For example, how smart I am, what I deserve from my life, what I want from my relationships.
This is not easy work. I have been conditioned to feel quite angry about certain things. Especially around respect. The anger is palpable and I’ve realised that if I haven’t exercised, slept well or there are a lot of decisions I need to make about my business it’s not going to go well. I will not have the level of control I believe I should have. I have most of the time.
This upsets me even more than getting angry because I feel I have lost control and in so doing become a crap example for those around me. So I need to make sure I’m exercising and eating and sleeping well to be on top of this and be the good example I aim to be.
You know, you are conditioned. Believe that and start the work to grow and be a great example. If you don’t believe that you’re conditioned then potentially someone has conditioned you to believe that.
I’m not saying all conditioning is bad. I’m asking you to question what you’ve conditioned yourself to believe and question whether that is going to take you forward or backward.
Have a great week. I believe in you.