Before you read my post, make sure to head on over to Bogdan’s website, Pointless Overthinking to check out his post titled “Influence is everywhere”.
Bogdan’s post mainly brings to mind one question, as you can see is the title of this post. Are our thoughts truly our own?
We live in a world where there is so much information being processed consciously and unconsciously as we go about our daily lives. In “Sword Art Online”, a popular anime series, the main character Kirigaya Kazuto said, “The only difference between the real world and the virtual world, is the amount of data.” If you think about it, it is very accurate. In virtual reality, there is a very limited amount of data, we cannot feel as much as we can in reality.
Perhaps that is why people prefer virtual reality… But that can be a story for another day.
Well, to prevent myself from sidetracking any further, let’s get back to the main topic at hand. We have a vast amount of information available to us through not just our immediate surroundings but also through, yes you know it, the Internet. As a result, we may be unable to process the excessive amount of information being fed to us through our mobile devices and our environment. We end up simply piling it up in our head without converting it into our own thoughts. What we speak and think end up resembling too closely to what others have said before or what we have read before. In the end, our thoughts that we deemed to be genuine and unique, is nothing more than words spoken by a thousand other people.
There was a time when a friend of mine asked me to review his short story. He wanted me to tell him how his story was. After reading his story, I told him it sounded oddly familiar. Sure enough, the same story had already been posted before. It kind of freaked me out how crazily identical the two stories were.
Anyways, it just goes to show how we sometimes end up taking in information and label it as our own subconsciously. Despite the fact that we never put in our own perspective and opinion on the matter.
Honestly, it is because of this that sometimes I’m afraid to read books that are too opinionated. I’m afraid that my thoughts would be swayed and that my words would no longer be my own. Thus, I stick to fictional storybooks, TV series or Anime series where I can, instead of being fed opinions, be given a story and characters who I can form my own opinions of.
The thought of not having my own original thoughts scares me. Especially since they are the one thing I have a little bit of confidence in. The one thing I feel is worth sharing.
Are you confident that your thoughts are your own? Or are you easily swayed by the words of others and more often than not follow after what other’s say or write?
Please comment your thoughts below! 🙂
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