“The idea that we’re ‘self-aware’ of ourselves or that our thoughts and actions are ‘automatic’ is a lot like trying to be ‘self-aware’ of a computer.
You might be able to take a self-awareness class, but only if you have a really good instructor. And even then, I don’t think you’ll get anything other than a lot of empty promises of “I will help you train and use this knowledge to do something great in your life.
The idea that our thoughts and actions are automatic is one of the most dangerous of all illusions. The illusion is that we can be conscious of the thoughts and actions of others. That we have “selves” that are separate from the rest of the world. We think we live in a world of our own, but in reality we have a world of some other place. That is what makes this illusion so dangerous.
The problem is when we don’t even realize that we’re doing things that we don’t want to do. This is especially true for those of us who are “self-aware.” We think we have choices and we think we can make better decisions than others. But in reality we don’t really know how to choose anything. We don’t even know what we want, and that’s what has us so caught up in this illusion.
The illusion comes from a belief that we dont really need to be conscious of our choices. When we are told that we should only be thinking about what we want, and that we should be so focused on what other people think of us that we are missing out on so much, we come to believe that we have to be so focused on what others want that we dont even notice what we are actually doing.
How do you know yourself? Well, as a society it would be very very hard to know without the data. I know I do, but for me the data is just the data. The data is what a person does, and if you don’t know that, you don’t know what you are doing.
I am not disagreeing with you. I am just saying that I do not like the way we talk about ourselves. We do not tell the entire truth about ourselves. We are not always aware of the things we do. We are not always aware of how we feel. We are not always aware of what we expect of ourselves. It is so easy to hide behind the data and not think about these things.
The data is usually not the data because we do not take the time to think about the data. We are so quick to just jump into the data and say, “Oh, this is what I found out about myself. I guess that was the key!” If we do that, we lose touch with the big picture. We lose touch with who we are. We lose touch with what we have become. We become more like the data.
We’re going to call it “data-speak” for a moment. We are all so quick to talk about our data with no one listening, and when we actually listen, we just get more data. We are all so quick to use the data for our own personal gain, but we do not realize that we are doing the same thing, and doing it at the same time.
Data is like the person who is always asking you to do more. Our data is like the person who is always trying to help you get better at that specific thing you are doing. But we are not the person who is always trying to help you get better at any particular thing. We are the person who is always trying to make you better at our things, but we are not trying to make you better at your things. We are just trying to make you more like data.