Of Choices and Guts

How does one set about making a choice? Or planning a career for that matter? Planning a career? lol. Sometimes choices present themselves in convoluted forms. Sometimes beggars go on to become engineers, and journalists become presidents. But my point is, faced with a choice, who do you side with? your brain or your heart?

Your heart speaks through your gut. And your gut whatever said, hardly ever fails you. Looking back I am hard pressed to find one decision made out of my gut that I would take back. Sure, some of those decisions have landed me in extremely regrettable situations, but being there was an inherent result of my character and it all felt like a path i had to travel on to reach my destination, which is where im sitting now. Typing this.

That doesn’t sound like a very glamorous destination I know. But here, we are talking in broader terms ok.

I think the choices we make decide the people we become, sure. But from a different perspective, I think it is the people we are that decide the choices we make. Maybe we are all born with a fixed destination. Maybe we are all meant to become criminals or sages or crane operators. Maybe we are meant to turn out exactly like our fathers. We may try to rebel against it but every inflection of your voice and every bored posture might be a constant reminder that, as a matter of fact, you are exactly like your dad in many ways.

That might not be such a bad thing. That might not even be such a good thing. That might just be simply; a thing. One of those distractions of life to bother your head with, like money. We all end up dead, and when we’re dead we’re all equally rich, or equally poor in financial terms.

Choices..How about your brain then? Actively speaking, as in not waving your hands about but speaking actively, as in speaking about your active brain, I am not really sure that our brains know as much as our guts. Our guts on the other hand, know just as much as our brains do but they also have Other Knowledge. Something down there inherently knows what to do, and it just needs you to trust it to take you there.

And where is that? That would seem to be altogether another matter. Your gut will take you exactly Where You Really Want To Go. Except that it won’t really tell you where this is. But it might, if you listen very carefully, give you some hint of the direction you are headed in.

  1. Hmm… what you’re hearing is probably the rumbling of your stomach steering you to the nearest short eat shop… 😛

    Btw, I don’t think people always turn out like their parents. As for choices… well, we can all make the best possible decision and if it turns out to be… not-so-good… well, you’d have at least learnt something from it.

    • Chavie said:

      Also on the learning bit, what do you think learns faster? The brain or the gut? 🙂

    • Whacko said:

      The Pupeteer – Yeah, so long as we’re thinking somewhat clearly when we make those decisions.

      Chavie – The gut? 😀

  2. I agree with the Puppeteer. We don’t always turn out to be our parents. Like me for example. I’m not like either one of them. 🙂

    We all have choices that we need to make in life. The problem we are faced with nowadays is that we have too many to choose from. And this is topped off with the numerous needs and wants so we need to satisfy everything. In this process, we get easily confused or distracted.

    But at the end of the day, it all boils down to what makes you happy. What gives you that “job satisfaction” every talks about. Till you find out what that is, you’ll have to keep choosing.

    Bad news is, we are never really satisfied. So maybe we should all work on that first 🙂

    • Whacko said:

      Interesting point. I think we definitely emulate our parents in terms of the mannerisms we have to a certain extent. But i can’t speak for everyone when i say this though.

  3. maf said:

    interesting post. i remember hearing (or it might have been a misplaced thought) that we actually train our gut to react the way we would want our thought processes to take us. a lot of spend a great deal of time analysing the pros and cons of different decisions and trying to make what should be the optimised choice – however when we in a squeeze for time and/or info/data we go with gut instinct. i believe this gut instinct is just a trained filter in that sense. I am sure there must be a fair amount of literature ont he subject especially in relation to AI.

    If in quandary over a binary decision i often say flip-a-coin. when the coin is in the air you know which way you want it to land. Catch it and go with that path. If you do not know then let the coin land and it will not matter…

    • Whacko said:

      Good point. The brain, the gut and the heart are all one person. And i believe we are not completely aware of the mental process we go through on a conscious level most of the time.

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