Half full or half empty? We say the glass is broken
Most people are familiar with the metaphor “is the glass half full or half empty? The optimist says the glass is half full. The pessimist says the glass is half empty, we say the glass is broken, why? Because while society teaches us to optimistically or pessimistically focus in on the content in the glass, meaning a life situation that has accrued such as a recent problem or past of future event, as a result we create a mind story and go over the story repeatedly in our head and with others until it creates new neuropathway and uncontrollable synaptic firing that becomes uncontrollable epigenetic (epi) subconscious programming resulting in compulsive thinking or habits which takes us away from being present in life that are advise to our wellbeing which metaphorically speaking is the broken glass.
Then we empty the glass by resolving the adviser issue or habit only to refill and empty the glass repeatedly constantly finding ourselves on what is referred to as the hedonic treadmill of happiness and unhappiness (see related topics).
According to the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI) at the University of California at Los Angeles the average person has upwards of 70,000 thoughts per day. That comes to approximately 48 thoughts per minute. Keep in mind there are only 60 seconds per minute. Some scientist including cellular biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton have found that the “subconscious” and or unconscious mind controls more than 95 percent of our lives and we live less than 5 percent using our conscious mind. In other words according to these findings most people’s daily life is living in their head lost within their thoughts running their lives on autopilot.
For those who wish not to make the content in the glass their self-identity to the point of living on the hedonic treadmill constantly we say take the broken glass off the table. That said, you can’t take the broken glass off the table if you are unaware that it is on the table. In other worlds as an addict can’t kick the drugs unless they are aware that they are an addict and remove the drugs from their life, a compulsive thinker with compulsive bad habits that is running on autopilot cannot get out of their head or bad habits and live present in an healthy life if they are unaware that they are living in the story in their head and running on autopilot most of the time. Now don’t get us wrong, the brain and thinking is a wonderful gift and there are wonderful habits that can enchants our lives but that said, for many it's not that people do not use their brains, it is that the brain uses them and they do not know it.
Buddhism call this monkey brain or Maya (illusive), some psychologist see this as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), some quantum physicist call it living in the matrix, call it whatever you wish, but if humans are living in their head constantly thinking of the content is the glass, or running on autopilot more than 95 percent of their life regardless if they are optimism or pessimism they are not living in life and there for the glass is broken.
"You can’t take the glass off the table if you are unaware that it is on the table."
"it's not that people do not use their brains, it is that the brain uses them and they do not know it."
TAKE THE GLASS OFF THE TABLE