This comment by our illustrious pradf, along with some musings of my own, prompted me to start this thread.
What motivates us to do things? There are some truly amazing people on this board, doing some pretty incredible things day after day, braving sun and storm alike. Tarah (among a gazillion other brave things) sails the seas in defence of some of the most beautiful life forms on this planet, Harley hits 'em hard with bananas, papayas and false hair, Robby saves the diabetics of the world.
How come some go to any lengths to make things happen while others give up at slightest resistance?
We're all following the desires fuelled by our feelings to make ourselves happy... In the distant past these were to help us get along, get good food, get a good place to sleep, get a good mate... But now we're such a successful species that any traits get passed along. My thoughts recently
dopamine release and compassion. If anyone has any ideas what i could do siting at home or just being around town, then I would like to hear from you - I would really like to do something for saving the animals and volunteer my time...
and about that dopamine release, my anti's stop me from being motivated....
I once saw a documentary about a ship that sank. They interviewed a few of the survivors and they told how some people just stood still when the boat sank, not moving, not trying to get out; in some, the shock instantly created rocket energy, propelling them instantly towards life boats and out, while in others, it created apathy.
Maybe the latter deep down really didn't want to live?
I find it endlessly fascinating how some people are able to be totally committed to seemingly completely assinine ideas, training incredible amounts and giving their whole life to something like running 100 m 0,01 s faster than anyone else.
I'm not sure if it takes a certain kind of personality to enjoy living against mainstream, but based on my meager experience, this kind of personalities certainly abound in "alternative" circles. Sometimes, it seems to me, in such quantities that it actually becomes counterproductive: Once enough people have become "alternative", they actually form the new mainstream and the old mainstream then becomes the "alternative" minority.
Although this is nowhere near happening on a large scale, I've seen signs of it in a few "alternative" communities; some have such a strong need and drive to be pioneers they can't stop and enjoy what has been achieved but always need to push on... Sometimes even if 'pushing on' actually means 'going back'.
To me, the father of Laura Ingalls in the little house on the prairie books is a great example. He couldn't stand living in "cramped" conditions, which by his definition meant something like two neighbours within 25 miles or so. As a result, he pushed ever on. But by doing so, he was in fact diminishing the free space available.
It can also be daunting to live with such people if you yourself don't enjoy living against mainstream. (This doesn't mean you don't enjoy living 'naturally'/off the grid/the lfrv/80/10/10 way - you simply dislike being so alone with it.)
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