What’s interesting is that I’ve come to recognize recently various behavior patterns of mine. This has come up in discussions several times, and I’ve started to see it myself. I tend to think that every concept should be considered to it’s outer boundaries…
For example, if I were to contemplate (and I did) Antinomianism, I would take the concept to its extremity and say, “oh my god that is just too crazy!”
On another occasion I was asking someone a question regarding one of Aquino’s works (“Black Magic”) where he talks about being in a non-reactive state of mind. I again assumed he meant a permanent state of mind where one never reacts. Again I went to the outer extreme.
This pattern I now recognize and while this logic has relevance in some situations, it often isn’t the correct approach to thinking about rational events or philosophies.
After acknowledging this, I received some advice on how to better change or switch up my thinking… as this extreme contemplation is so natural to me, it’s pretty unconscious (that is, I don’t think before it kicks off.) So I was advised to try and simple change in my day – to do things differently… like putting on a jacket the opposite sleeve first… or drive a different way to work – and to do this for 9 days.
By doing that, I noticed it caused me to be more aware of my actions and my thought process, which in turn helps me relate to the questions and ideas I’m vocalizing.