Who Is In Control?

Control? Controlling? Control freak?

Interesting aspects of human nature that we generally note with some negativity involved. Wait, what about self control? Does this dog have it?

https://i0.wp.com/cl.jroo.me/z3/v/Z/-/d/a.baa-The-Self-Control-Dog.jpg

the ability to control oneself, in particular one’s emotions and desires or the expression of them in one’s behavior, especially in difficult situations.

Actually it’s not even about control. It’s about desiring a different outcome more. Control is not about repressing bad behavior. No, it is about desiring a more favored behavior more. Think about it. When it comes down to the nuts and bolts, choosing rocky road over vanilla is actually exercising control. Control is about expressing the desired behavior over the undesired behavior. Wisdom is in choosing the right desired behavior. There is always a trick, right?

Direct your mind and the body will follow. The dog above gets no love for not eating snacks, he gets the desired loving behavior for holding still. Perspective is everything… usually … most of the time… at least on Tuesdays.

Oh wait I hear you say. Just saying you want the more desired behavior is not enough, that never works. Well, no, not just saying it. You actually have to want it. When you want something enough it’s easy to achieve.

Think of it this way: You might not like the thought of eating a kitty kat. When you get hungry enough the desire to not die will over come your desire to not eat kitty kat. Sometimes keeping control feels like that: choosing to eat kitty kat. When the alternative is not living through the week, perspective changes.

All of that, I hope, makes reasonable sense even if it seems a bit off key. Why would I tell you this stuff? When believers say that without a moral law giver humans become amoral and lawless. The god of Abraham means nothing for this dog yet he finds subjective morality and can choose a desired outcome over and above the easy route. Morality is so easy that even a dog can do it.

Oh yes I did just hear you say that without training and a trainer he would not do that. No, without training and a trainer he would not have an object of affection he wanted the love from. The trainer has nothing to do with the dog’s choice to remain controlled other than what value the dog places on the trainer’s love. Oh damn that free will stuff! Yep, I just said that. The dog wants the love of his owner/trainer more than the taste of a snack. That is control… not of an owner over a dog, but of a dog over himself because he desires an outcome from the owner.

Does that make sense?

There are people who will understand what I’m saying. Believers want us to think that the dog is not capable of making a decision and neither are they. Without their god they would gorge themselves on the snacks. They think life is about the snacks or just themselves. Even the dog knows that life is about more. Even a DOG knows how the law of reciprocity works. When believers tell you this kind of thing, remember that they are not even as intelligent as a dog. Then go get some rocky road!

Advertisements
    • preacherontheweb
    • April 15th, 2015

    This is Excellent. You have just the right way to make people think….

    POTW

    • Thank you POTW. I consider that high praise

  1. I just relish the parallels you use to describe self-control. I mean what could be a simpler comparison? Not only a bright, wise atheist, but also a great teacher…and yes practicing a belief or moral is hard, yet teaching it…nothing could be more profound.
    If not your 1,000,000th…First pupil here!

    • I’m glad that it was easily understood. šŸ™‚ Thank you for your kind words.

  2. Great post, but the sad part is the people who want that trainer ( god ) to turn themselves over to, they simply don’t want the responsibility of who and what they are. They don’t want to control themselves just because they could, they want an excuse in case they decide to mess up and then they can blame it on the trainee. Hugs

    • They just have to want it… Their trainer doesn’t have to be real

  3. I meant blame it on the trainer…Sorry

    • entropy
    • April 19th, 2015

    Reblogged this on Mijn Verhaal and commented:
    This blog really has some goodreads! šŸ™‚

  4. An excellent lesson.

    • Thank you, quite high praise I think.

  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: