Defining Choice

Defining Choice

Choice is the ability to preserve or alter anything or anyone in accordance to our motives and preferences. Desire is not necessary component for a choice to be made, because choices can be made regardless of one’s desire, even if desire is indeed a major motive for our usual choices.

In addition, choice is also a potential we either have for a lifetime or for a smaller, more specific period of time, that we can either pursue or avoid, and the fact that we have said potential, doesn't obligate us to actualize it. Likewise, we don't have to reproduce just because we can do so, and women don't have to be pregnant just because they have a womb.

The less external/internal intervention there is while making a choice, standing in your way, the more independently you can choose and execute it, regardless of the choice’s nature.

Aspiring to make a choice while you cannot, either because of a disability or because of a powerful one or more obstacles standing in your way, is an incompetent ambition as long as you are unable to surpass these forces and disabilities in any way and point in the future, making you a potential victim of suffocating caused by a desire that cannot be actualized. Aspiring to choose to live forever, for example, is not an ambition of liberty, but one of slavery - of slavery to a mindset that can ultimately decrease your mental health through constant feelings of anxiety and fear. Thus, such ambitions are best to be discarded through focusing on what indeed can be chosen.

What can be always chosen as long as one lives, is one’s mindset. While you cannot fully determine for others their mindsets, you can determine yours, regardless of your situation. Thus, the ultimate freedom, the freedom where there is optimal variety of choice, does not lie within financial prosperity or a desired social reputation - it lies within your mind.

And, regarding that logically you’ll never find any greater freedom than the one that lies within your ability to preserve and alter mindsets - I conclude that nothing beyond what provides and can provide the our various needs - is necessary. Even self-actualization is a need. The soviet communists that believed one should receive salary “each according to their needs”, have ignored the importance of actualizing our merits as a need. What differs between machinery and human beings is that human beings have the additional need to actualize themselves, each according to their best individual merits, that can be actualized even after a day’s work ends.

Thus, the choice that we have over our current and potential mindsets should always be our top priority. Such logical preference can save one much suffocation when external events do not turn in the way one would expect. However, no such “turn of events” exist when one learns to practice their inborn ability to surpass the power of their thoughts and alter or preserve them in any direction they wish to choose. Thinking is a verdict for us living beings (for I am unsure of a state of not thinking is possible while alive), but the thoughts themselves can be of our own choosing. If we choose thoughts, we won’t change reality by itself, but we can necessarily change our perception and some portion of our general health.

Fun fact: there are elections in North Korea. However, there’s only one candidate, and yet, even there you can still have the choice to not vote for him. But if you refuse to vote for him…


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