PAGE IN PROGRESS What you see here is a page of my hypertext book POWER of meanings // MEANINGS of power. Initially empty, this page will slowly be filled with thoughts, notes, and quotes. One day, I will use them to write a coherent entry, similar to these completed pages. Thank you for your interest and patience!
Making true choices is in itself a form of power. But what looking like making a choice is not necessarily a making-a-choice situation. Making true choices is form of mental power as it requires a mental effort.
We can choose from a range of options, but we do not choose the range of options that we need to choose from.
YOU DECIDE what happens next. In any situation you decide how to react. To blame or to take responsibility. To give up or to go on. To raise your voice or to ask a question and listen.
choice is power choice is power as influence because we make a decision about how things will be, it is about limited resources
Determinism - our choices do not matter as much
I believe that it is important to understand that we can make choices, but also to see limitations of our choices [give me wisdom to know what I can change, give me strength to change what I can change, give me patience to accept what I cannot change]
Making choices does not mean making free choices. We need to see what stands behind those choices. Sofie's choice is the famous example. She made the choice that she had to make. The choice that she really wanted to make was not offered to her as an option. A person with a mental illness might seem to be making choices, but the mental illness affects their choices, so these choices are not free.
from Unwinding Anxiety: “in fact, the OFC sets up a reward hierarchy so that you can make decisions efficiently without having to exert too much mental energy. This is especially true when you are making choices. Your OFC assigns each of your previously performed behaviors a value, and when given a choice—let’s say between two behaviors—it can then choose the more valuable one. This helps you make choice decisions quickly and easily without having to think too much about them.”
from Unwinding Anxiously- seeing your hardships as your teacher
Letting go of hate by questioning the very idea of evil: https://www.npr.org/2023/05/21/1176864308/religion-hate-evil-spirituality-simran-jeet-singh-sikh?utm_source=Klaviyo&utm_medium=campaign&_kx=uXKY7Y_39hYG3GPkxzgt8LldzLrnEO60BhP9Ij-Kj7c%3D.TAzfUF "The very simple practice, the starting place, is to take 10 seconds each day and see the humanity in someone who is different from yourself. You can start in the easy places: family members, friends, colleagues, coworkers. But once you get through that list and you need to find someone else, you'll start seeing strangers you never noticed before. People you wouldn't otherwise connect with. And what I've found with this practice is that the strangeness starts to go away with these 10 seconds every day. It doesn't have to be super cheesy, you don't have to lock eyes and stare. Just notice someone and try to think about who they are and where they're coming from and just see their humanity."
https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/compatibilism/ « A natural way to think of an agent’s control over her conduct at a moment in time is in terms of her ability to select among, or choose between, alternative courses of action. This picture of control stems from common features of our perspectives as practical deliberators settling on courses of action. If a person is choosing between voting for Clinton as opposed to Trump, it is plausible to assume that her freedom with regard to her voting consists, at least partially, in her ability to choose between these two alternatives. On this account, acting with free will requiresalternative possibilities. A natural way to model this account of free will is in terms of an agent’s future as a garden of forking paths branching off from a single past. A locus of freely willed action arises when the present offers, from an agent’s (singular) past, more than one path into the future. On this model of human agency, then, when a person acts of her own free will,she could have acted otherwise. »
-muffin cone” episode of bluey - power / ability to choose behavior
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