Name: C. W. West

Sunday, January 28, 2007

The Impact of Filtering

The flow of influential elements in the environment are like snowballs. We will unavoidably be hit by some, and we will step aside and let some miss us if we see them coming. And we will step in front of the ones that we wish to strike us. By stepping aside to avoid some snowballs, we move into the path of others. Our choices are impacted by the snowballs that do strike us, and the ones that we have avoided.

If a person is chooses to be receptive to the impact of one group of elements in the environment that is mutually exclusive to another group of elements, then the desired elements may make more of an impact than the less desirable elements. This serves to reinforce the original decision to allow certain elements of the environment to make greater impact. It conversely causes the less acceptable elements to be avoided or deflected with greater efficiency. Some elements of the environment can be directed toward one effect or another, depending upon the intent of the individual; call that interpretation.

Does this explain radical extremism, or even the slow development of enlightenment? Couldn't this help to explain the advances that one civilization makes while another languishes in misdirected barbarism?

The walrus believes that this automatic selection process works as a kind of compass that guides our existence in the direction in which the filter is currently oriented. If we are headed toward one point of view, to the exclusion of other perspectives, then the path is difficult to change. It is like a heavy ball rolling on a level surface. The direction of travel may be changed, but the faster the ball is traveling, the more difficult it will be to deflect the momentum. The ball, or one's perspective, gathers speed by the pushes of the influential environment that are allowed to have impact.

Remember, says the walrus, the filter does not operate entirely without individual effort! Each individual makes choices within the parameters of his fixed environment, and those choices bend the momentum created by the filtered impacts of the environment. Time, history, strength of will, and other elements of the influential environment, all serve to hinder or enhance the choice of the individual.

At what point, you may ask the walrus, will we discuss the way to set our filter, our compass, to turn the momentum in a desirable direction?

The walrus says you will be ready to think about that soon enough. But more understanding simply removes the obstacles from the path. And remember what we have discussed? The path is much more important the the destination. So stay focused on the path.

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