How can I become thoughtless
Mindless, what does that actually mean? Completely free of thoughts? That can't be because man always thinks. Man is wrong, it has to be more precise that the brain is always thinking. If we do not use our brain to control or coordinate an activity, to take up the reading material, to categorize the pictures on the television screen or in any other way, then it is obviously occupied with itself. It is always active, even at night.
Who hasn't seen it before? A person you are talking to makes a completely absent impression. If you speak to him or her (usually with a little shaking of the shoulder), he / she is startled and often says: "Sorry, I was deep in thought." So our counterpart was not thoughtless at that moment, but mentally for a moment completely removed from the actual topic of conversation, concentrating his thoughts on something completely different. The trigger could have been an association, an optical effect or a sound that caused him / her to switch off completely for a moment and concentrate only on this thought.
Well, I don't want to bore or even amuse you with my "thoughts" on the "thoughts" (a kind of house-maker philosophy), because I try to use the frequently used term of "Thoughtlessness" to come on track. If our brains are "thinking" all the time, how can we be thoughtless? So I have to try to find another way of describing thoughtlessness or defining its essence. We don't live alone in the world. It is filled with billions of species of non-human beings. These beings do not think, so they are "thoughtless"!? While there are many people who believe this version, I think it is wrong. Animals have a brain just like us humans and they think like us humans too, just differently. Researchers describe animal behavior as "Instinctive act", a genetically preprogrammed reaction to a situation. I, on the other hand, believe that this view is the most arrogant way of thinking of man in order to use himself in the sense of religious ideas "Crown of Creation" to raise. Animals cannot communicate their thoughts to people because they lack the human organs or limbs or are designed differently that make up human communication, vocal cords and hands. It has actually long been proven that animals communicate via gestures, smells, and sounds, some of which change to a range that is inaudible to humans. How often has a dog tried to communicate something to its owner, mostly in vain.
I don't want to go into that either because I think I'm the phantom "Thoughtlessness" now on the trail. Thoughtlessness is not lack of thought, but wrong thinking. We have all components available through observation, through knowledge and through experience, but put them together wrongly like a puzzle and the result is a wrong train of thought, whereby we consciously ignore warning voices. I want to fix this to an example. We drive a fast and technically perfect car on the autobahn. We drive pretty close to the man in front of us in order to induce him to leave the lane so that we can overtake him. We know that in the event of a sudden emergency stop by the vehicle in front, an accident is inevitable because we are already hanging him in the trunk before our own braking maneuver begins (reaction time). Even though we have the knowledge, we ignore it. Sometimes with devastating consequences. This ignorance is a kind of thoughtlessness, because such driving behavior becomes a habit and thus the risk assessment is given up. You will now correct me as a sensible driver and say that this behavior is unscrupulous. But it is both. The pester thinks that at the moment he is pushing, such a situation will not arise. He has the faster car or at least drives faster than the man in front and insists on his right to overtake. The man in front uses the overtaking lane, although the lane to his right is free of sufficient length, which the man behind sees it as a provocation. Honestly, who would not have been annoyed by the notorious left-wing drivers and set about risky attacks in the process? And which of the left-hand drivers is not annoyed by the pushers and occasionally shows you the brake lights flashing briefly as a deterrent?
Misjudgment is the result of a train of thought in which we have all the knowledge about a situation, but put together our building blocks of knowledge incorrectly or perhaps not at all.
At this point I would like to change the subject a little abruptly, but you will see that everything comes together again in the end.
On my side, I criticize politics and the economy in a variety of ways. Nevertheless, it is part of a fair discussion that one not only looks at the current situation with all its effects, but also asks the question of how it could have come to this and who is ultimately responsible for it. The answer cannot be pleasing, because it is: "She and I!"
The present is the sum of the actions of the past, and above all the sum of the mistakes. It is wrong to assume that others have only bad intentions, this also applies to politics and the economy. I have already referred several times to a human quality from which hardly anyone is free: "Greed." I would like to define it differently here, as addiction to profit and as taking advantage. To analyze the present situation we have to go back to the past. I want to limit myself to the events after the Second World War, more precisely after the currency reform.
Large parts of Germany were only in ruins when the Germans picked up their 40 DM entry fee. The displays in the shop windows were a real miracle. From one day to the next there were all the wonderful things that you had to do without for so long or that you saw as a child for the first time in your life. Yesterday there was no sausage, no butter, no bread and even less exotic fruits like bananas, lemons or oranges. Today, just one day later, the shop windows were bursting with excess.
People are different. There were those who, out of sheer desire, spent a large part of their start-up capital of 40 DM straight away, although they had to realize that the next money would only come with the next salary payment, if one had a job at all. But because many companies were also in ruins, unemployment was high and many people on the "Support" dependent, regardless of whether it is unemployment or welfare benefits. Some people had contented themselves and divided their money, while the others were again empty-handed. Here the shopkeepers, the butchers, the bakers, the vegetable or general merchants helped by giving people interest-free credits to buy goods. Have a cover letter was the popular name and absolutely not a new process, but had been a mutual aid for a long time (see also Peter Rosegger: When I went to get the Christmas joy).
I would like to briefly address one term, the general store. It was the result of an idea, presumably originated in rural areas.Because the specific (baker, butcher, fruit and vegetable dealer, etc.) shops there were not worthwhile due to a lack of customers, the general store was probably created, which was everything at the same time, namely baker, butcher , Fruit and greengrocers, but without baking or slaughtering yourself. Because it was practical to be able to buy everything from a retailer, it was also able to establish itself in the cities, even though the individual specialist shops were close together there.
It's a trivial example, yet the beginning of a chain of events. The background was simply the business idea that a shop would also be worthwhile in sparsely populated areas, i.e. make a profit. The customer found it convenient and accepted the idea. Until the next one had a business idea. He pondered when setting up shelves and tills in a large store. and customers can help themselves except for the fresh goods, it saves personnel, can undercut the competition and customers are processed faster. The customer thought that was great, maybe that's why the name supermarket was found. Forgotten was the Aunt Emma who wrote for you when you ran out of money. It wasn't ingratitude, just the benefit taken without thinking about it. The small shops disappeared, but because Germany was still being built up, the negative consequences were not noticed. As a result, further improvements were introduced. First of all, the fresh goods were packed and there was savings on sales staff. Then came the idea of the discounter. The goods were no longer placed on shelves, but instead the goods were placed on pallets in the suppliers' boxes instead of the shelves. Pushing out the pallets, the cashiers could do that on the side. Only refrigerated shelves still had to be cleared. Customers only saw the personal and momentary advantage. The consequences were not considered. the gradual rise in unemployment was noted, but no one was aware of their own part in this phenomenon. Also not the fact that you saved on shopping, but the state got back this saved money in the form of taxes and social security contributions, because it had to support the unemployed.
This is an example from the food industry. In the textile industry, the products from Asia or other third world countries were cheaper than the goods produced in the country. Who thought about the fact that production there was under inhuman conditions, the main thing was that the things were cheap. On television, which has since been introduced, one could find out in some reports how the exploitation was practiced in some countries and one found that scandalous, but one's own part in this exploitation was not recognized or at least ignored. So-called luxury brands in certain areas also took advantage of this fact. Whether sports equipment or certain textiles, they were made cheaply abroad in order to sell them here to people who valued at high prices "Branded Articles" laid. Image campaigns in advertising also reinforced this trend.
You see, that's what I mean by thoughtlessness. At the beginning of this development, the consequences were not yet, or at least difficult to predict. It's different today. The consequences of such behavior are now obvious to everyone, but nothing changes. Only the marginal advantage of the moment is seen. The fact that you don't really save because everyone's money is then taken back in a different way is not taken into account. There are statements that around 80% of Aldi and Lidl customers are people who definitely have the means to pay more.
Growth is the holy cow of our market economy. The growth exists almost exclusively in the export sector because the domestic markets are saturated and therefore inevitably stagnate, who thinks about it. But the big retail chains are still growing. How do they do it? The answer is simple. They are expanding their fields of business. And the customer buys crockery, towels and all sorts of things from Tschibo, Tengelmann, Rewe, Aldi, Lidl etc. and thus destroys the specialist shops for these products. Companies go bankrupt again because customers are now buying in the aforementioned markets. But that's not all. You can rarely, but occasionally, learn something from the press about the methods of purchasing in the large retail chains. In this way, all risks are passed on to the manufacturer. If a product at Aldi is difficult to sell to men or women, the manufacturer has to take it back. Some entrepreneurs cannot cope with this. In order to be able to deliver to this chain, they threw themselves into debt. If they are dropped from the chains, quite a few companies are on the verge of collapse.
At the beginning there is the business idea. The businessman who realizes this idea does not see the possible consequences for his competition negatively, because a bankrupt competitor secures additional customers for him. He benefits, at least until someone else expands his idea or has a new idea with which he can chase away customers again. But the customer trips himself up by accepting and using these ideas. Because in the end he pays the bill. He saves on shopping, but the state pays him for it, permanently. We were supposedly endowed with a mind by nature. Wilhelm Busch would say: "A mind is only good if it is used." Since I realized that I had my share in the permanent deterioration in living conditions, I have changed. It is clear to me that I am not doing anything with it. The same goes for this website. I do it anyway, for myself.
Kirsten asked me in the guest book whether I wasn't secretly inciting me. Yeah, I'm trying to stir up. But not to violence. The legislature has the executive against violence. I'm trying to sharpen the weapon that politics and business fear most: "the mind." A people who think for themselves is the nightmare of every politician and to the same extent of the economic bosses and of capital. You cannot influence it with slogans or advertising, but only with clear and meaningful actions. For politicians and corporate executives, this would be synonymous with unemployment, because they cannot meet this requirement. But I would accept these unemployed people, because it takes some time before the BA would have to pay them € 345 per month.
Therefore my appeal: Do not act thoughtlessly, but first think about the possible consequences of your actions. It is not politics and not the economy that create jobs, only you. Your consumer behavior determines whether unemployment falls. Don't talk yourself out of it, you couldn't afford it. When you buy a new car, TV, or other major purchase, the majority of the time you take out a loan instead of saving up the money first. Then suddenly you can afford to pay around twice as much as the actual purchase price? The low interest rates for some products are also window dressing. If you are offered the financing of a car for a low interest rate, you pay less interest on the loan, but you are denied any price reduction and a good price for the trade-in of your used vehicle. You haven't saved anything.
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