On the need of will power

The sensitivity of the mind to every perceivable sensory stimulus is comparable to being indefinite and the posterior response generated and transmitted throughout the neural network of the brain and the parts responsible for the generation of the physical response, takes infinitesimal time. Both prove the most fatal to the individual especially when the response is intellectual rather than physical. The thought process ensuing a stimulus can be non-terminating , leading to the obvious impossibility of a kind of ‘jam’ in the network resulting in suspension of any process being carried out; this condition of idleness of the brain may result very rarely, if by any chance it has occurred. Instead, the disruptive process, continuing infinitely in time is halted and the residual- all of the important highlighting thoughts of the entire train following , is stored somewhere in the memory and the entire stimulus has the effect of creating a memory, in addition to, or without, any physical response being generated.

The residual precipitated in the form of a vague memory then in turn disrupts the mind when relaxed and since being stored as a memory, it continues to remain in the neural network- in the active memory, if there may be such a concept, for a large part of the time, influencing future behavior of the individual. The effect may be positive or otherwise, having entire dependence on the nature of the residual and the frequency with which the memory is being revisited by the individual.

The void between the reception of a stimulus and of the generation of the response in the head is, by all means, so little that the individual cannot help but generate a response.This is where will power must come in the picture to stop responding to a particular stimulus of an entire domain of any generic class of stimuli. The fiercest stimuli are those that generate an intellectual response that may not necessarily be succeeded by physical response naturally; it is upon the decision of the individual whether to act. In other words, the stimuli which have no ‘instinctive’ physical response must be either not received, which is almost an impossibility, or it must be discarded soon as it is received. The aftereffect would be the continual of the state of mental equilibrium that had been existing before the absorption of the stimulus. Moreover, any possibility of generation of the foresaid ‘residual’ is beforehand eliminated.

Since once the response has been generated and is passed to the decision¬† making section of the brain, the response to follow must almost entirely depend on the individual, their ‘decision -making’ being attributed to their unique sets of ethics, habits and experiences and their contemporary state regarding their mental, social and physical being. And hence the need to strengthen the will power to prevent unwanted responses in advance.


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