Originally Posted by SonoranBob
WHY did that one guy commit suicide? Because something different was in his head? If so, WHY was that thing there?
All our heads are different. If they were the same, we wouldn't be having this discussion. Steve Pavlina's forums wouldn't exist, because if I and everyone else thought the same way, there wouldn't be anything to discuss.
Therefore there is no "natural" way to respond to a situation. Or if you prefer, there are numerous "natural" ways to respond to any situation.
In this discussion, I am highlighting the ability of an individual to choose his own thoughts. Naturally some individuals have this ability to a greater extent; some to a lesser extent; some may be more able to choose their their thoughts in particular areas of their lives or in particular kinds of situations.
So I am telling everyone now - this is a useful ability. It is something you should seek to develop and cultivate. Whatever your current level of ability is, it is a worthwhile pursuit to seek to raise the level. Among other things, it will help to alleviate your suffering (whatever your suffering is) and it will bring you more happiness.
The alternative is that you are simply, as J Krishnamurti would put it, unconscious. You're sleeping. You're just a more complex species of earthworm. You react to a wider range of stimuli than an earthworm, but your reaction is still automatic and a pure result of your past conditioning.