Mental Association: Boring, Familiar, Crucial

This is an article on an unfamiliar topic:  Mental Association.  Such a topic can make our eyes glaze over with monumental boredom, if we were seeking more instinctual gratifications.

But this topic of mental association rings a loud bell when we realize that our ability to rise above basic instincts, to build civilization, rests on our association of good things with good things, and bad things with bad things.  Or, in other words, our ability to keep the good and the bad separated.

When we ask ourselves if something is good we attempt to associate it with other good things.  Through this process we identify and collect together the motivational building blocks that drive our agenda, toward realizing our dreams, or vision.   Our associations become the mortar connecting the elements of our vision.  If we connect a lot of good things together, through our mental associations, we form a broad, stable foundation on which to build a more positive reality.  But if instead we connect a mixture of good and bad things, the result is a flimsy foundation on which not much can be safely built.

Our vision is of course our ideal, or what we expect to benefit us most.  But what if many elements in our vision benefit us, while many elements in that very same vision also hurt us?  It means we’ve mis-associated elements that do not mesh well.  They do not belong in the same set.  And yet they share a common status in our minds.

This mis-association is perhaps the single greatest problem in 21st Century Merka.  The good and the bad sharing a status, together, in our minds.  They are familiar to us because people raise these things in discussion, so we believe them to be relevant, valuable, even crucial toward achieving our goals. But they cannot form a strong foundation, or whole, because they don’t really fit together.  They don’t truly advance the same goals.  As our subconscious minds realize that the good and the bad do not wok together, our confidence and assurance breaks down.  We then lose our motivation and ambition.

And this occurs mostly beyond our awareness.  And the result of this is Merkans actively pursue a collection of goals that conflict with advanced ideals.  As long as the petro-opiates keep flowing, this sub-optimal situation suffices.

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