Re Talk: 329
Habit can be looked at as staring. Though not a perfect parallel, an analogy can be drawn between an animal, such as a dog or a lion, and your lower circuitry. By and large the lower circuits seem to be structured to operate in a staring mode. They move when they must move. If we could speak of the lower circuits in isolation, without interference from the higher circuits, they would be moving in measured steps. Animals are either acting or not acting. They don’t have the thinking of acting capability that humans have. They’re either acting or they’re off duty — staring. Nothing else is going on. They don’t have plans for tomorrow; they don’t worry about yesterday. If you don’t have a reason to act, you lay there and stare. Why not take a nap? By the way, sleep can be seen as a kind of acute, stable staring.
You should get some taste of why I started out saying that the organism of man has the tendency to stare. Were it not for the higher circuits I would not even be insinuating that there is anything wrong with staring. Of course, were it not for the higher circuits, you and I would not be talking; we couldn’t talk. But if we could isolate the lower circuits from the rest of the organism, I would not in any way raise a question about staring. It would just be natural. We would either be acting in our own best interest to satisfy lower circuit needs or we’d be staring, and very likely, snoozing. Nothing to think about; that’s it! JC talk 329