Inclination of Thoughts — Part One

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It is the first segment of a longer essay dealing with morality and ethics in common parlance and from worldly and biblical perspective alike. It helps understand the origin of our thoughts on morality and the inclinations behind them.

Our brain produces 15 000-70 000 thoughts per day. We acquire mental pictures of the content of the world basically through cognition, the process of thought to knowing. In other words our experiences of the world are stored in our brain as mental images or mental structures. These pictures occupyy our brain cells as myriad impulses, each of them equal with a tiny seed ready to outcrop as a thought. First, let's see some important characteristics of thought.

1. There is no thought without a target or object. You can think nothing about something, but can not think anything about anything. In case of this article the target of thought is the thought itself, the higher-order thought, a thought that takes another thought as its object.

2. Thought exists through the structures it imposes on things. For every thought there is one structure identifies that thought. Anything differently structured is a different thought. The elementary unit of thought is a binary structure, because any intellectual notice is possible only through contrast. Anything that is identifiable by thought, that is thinkable requires a complementary another thing from which it may be differentiated and to which it may be contrasted. This binary structure of thought substantiates one of the most significant spiritual and creative principles: duality precedes unity, diversity or plurality. God created everything in that binary structure (light and dark, heaven and earth etc.) and He is Unity and it is our assignment to seek after unity, making the two into one often even at the expenses of short and long term of diversity.

3. How will the impulses become thoughts? We have a "seed", a pair of mental pictures stored in our brain. How will it become a thought? When you pick up one of the pictures from the pair (the process is the thinking or cognition and our spirit of free will make us able to choose) from that time on we can talk about thought instead of mental picture.

Practically we are living according these pictures but under the surface of this cognitive life something else can be discerned. If some other impulses (instincts, inner forces, feelings, emotions etc.) and not the mental pictures emerge from our subconscious, then it might trigger thoughts as well. Those impulses originate from another realm and not from the world we sense.

First let us detect the characteristics of this process. On that road we should examine the connection between thoughts and emotions. It has been obvious since ages that our emotions are subconscious manifestation of the interaction between itself and its environment. Refining this definition we should say that our emotions are feelings, which come about as a result of the spiritual changes around us. Some think that emotional experience is large due to the experience of changes in our body or emotions have evolved for a particular function, such as to keep the self-safe. Both of them are not true. Our emotions always are triggered by the changes of our spiritual milieu. They may manifest in physiological or diseased signs in our body.

Human emotions tend to become conscious (cognitive emotions or emotional thoughts) bounded to mental structures of our cognitive mind.



Tibor Rozsahegyi