A Philosophical View- Free Yourself from Programmed Living

Reading:

Each of us has a physical body, and we are all conditioned biologically. We seek food when hungry; we seek drink when thirsty; and we have emotions and sex drives. These are biological limitations. But sensory and psychological experiences also limit us, as do social traditions and customs.

During the first fifteen years of a relatively short life, an individual knows very little about life; he or she is conditioned primarily by living conditions and by health. Later in life people live more or less habitually, reacting to the demands of society. Throughout a lifetime, living and health conditions continually modify a person’s programmed consciousness. During the last few years a person gradually withdraws from the mainstream of active life, and finally death comes. That is to say, we are heavily programmed biologically and socially. Unless we free ourselves from this programmed domination, we are merely reacting, we cannot take any independent action.


Close Reading

Level 1: Paraphrasing- 

State in your own words the meaning of each sentence. 

We are born with a physical body that controls us. Everyone must have food and water. Everyone has emotions and a sex drive. This is how we are made. We are created to be receptive to this controlling, and our own way of thinking. This control is breeded into us through traditions baked in from the culture we were raised in.

Life is short. Before we turned sixteen we were clueless and brainwashed by our health, our physical circumstances, and the environment we lived in.  As we grew older we become addicted to repeatedly responding, without thinking, to the pressure of living up to the values of our culture. Throughout life , our programmed thinking automatically changes as our health and physical circumstances change. We are brainwashed by our physical body and by the culture we live and embrace. If we want to be free, we must wash our brains from being controlled in ways that make us respond automatically.


Level 2: Explicating

  1. State the main point.
    1. Our physical body, emotions, environment, and culture influence how we see the world and are  brainwashed by it.
  2. In other words….
    1.  We are conditioned to think and act a certain way and as a result, we do not live free and independently.
  3. For example…
    1. Generally, to survive in America you have to work at least 40 hours a week. This makes Americans dependent thinkers. They are dependent and conditioned to act a certain and specific way to keep employed.

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