Thursday, May 27, 2010

In the words of Mouse from the blockbuster hit film The Matrix:

"To deny our own impulses is to deny the very thing that makes us human." I only to figure out why it is that I spend every minute of every day doing exactly that.


  1. To deny our own impulses is to deny arbitrary instincts that have been implanted into our brains before birth. A man chooses, a slave obeys.

  2. Well, yes, I agree with you, but if I were to act solely on that principle, there would be problems.

    For example, if I ignored the impulse to eat, I would starve. If I ignore my thirst, I would die of dehydration.

    There are some impulses that are certainly worth accepting, so why do I still expend so much energy fighting my desires?

  3. Wars cannot be won by winning all battles. Choose which desires need to be fought and give in to the ones that create less problems.

  4. Right there is the tricky part. How do I know which impulses to suppress and which to indulge in?
    The physiological ones like eating and drinking start out seemingly easy enough - but then there's gluttony so obviously it's not that easy for us.
    When these impulses start to involve other impulsive beings then it gets hopelessly complicated for me.
    All I know is that I desire; whether it be food, companionship or quiet. Life seems to be learning the regulation of these desires.

    ..does that make any sense?..