Whiskey, Wellness, and Wisdom

with Matthew Bachman

What is an idea, exactly? According to the dictionary, an idea is a thought or suggestion as to a possible course of action. That seems simple enough of an explanation. Short blog. Goodnight everybody!

I wish it were that simple.

The human brain is essentially a complex super computer. It’s constantly analyzing data and outputting results. The data it is analyzing are of course other ideas. As the philosopher Baruch Spinoza said, the simple action of picking up a glass of water is the mere physical interpretation of a thought or idea. So, is there a difference between an idea and action?

An action is when we act on an idea which involves interacting with the tangible world. So the two should be considered separate, right? A tree’s limb decaying and falling off is an action, but it’s not like the tree thought to itself, “You know what, I don’t think I like having that limb anymore.” Except, just like decay on a tree is a mere chemical reaction, ideas are nothing more than electro-chemical reactions going off in the brain. Ideas and actions are nothing more than chemical reactions taking place on a complex living organism known as planet earth. Neither an action nor an idea can exist without the other. An action needs to stem from an idea, but an idea must also stem from an action.

To give an example, let’s say you’re at a bar with your buddy and somebody makes fun of him because you drew a dick on his forehead and went to great lengths to make sure he went out in public without knowing about it. Your idea of drawing a dick on his forehead lead to the action of doing so, which then lead to a man getting the idea of making fun of him and then acting on it. Like I said, we analyze data and output results. Ideas are going to come from actions, which in turn come from ideas. There is this circular logical pattern similar to the “which came first, the chicken or the egg” question.

Oh dear, I’ve gone cross-eyed.

So, if actions are the manifestation of ideas and ideas are the manifestation of actions, then where does that put us? Does that make the universe the manifestation of an action, which stemmed from an idea? But where did the idea come from? There must be a singularity . . . or does there? Perhaps time is not as linear as man believes and follows this more circular paradoxical pattern. It is both merciful and frustrating that man can know what it means to be infinite, but will never fully comprehend it.

One thought on “Random Thoughts Thursday
Understanding Ideas

  1. Elizabeth Jhones says:

    I’m mesmerized by these random thoughts.
    Sick burns , this is the first one that came to mind imagine when you’re lying in the bed trying to sleep that you think of the perfect comeback lie to a insult earlier in the day. You go back in time and leave a note explaining what you have said, and what you haven’t said. That would make you pretty much an on the spot comedic genius.

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