Organic Thought?


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1.noting or pertaining to a class of chemical compounds that formerly comprised only
those existing in or derived from plants or animals, but that now includes all other compounds of carbon.
2.characteristic of, pertaining to, or derived from living organisms: organic remains found in rocks.
3.of or pertaining to an organ or the organs of an animal, plant, or fungus.
4.of, pertaining to, or affecting living tissue: organic pathology.
5.Psychology . caused by neurochemical, neuroendocrinologic, structural, or other physical impairment or change: organic disorder.  Compare functional (  def 5 ) .

The word organic is bandied about quite a bit these days.  It infers a certain natural state without direct interference from a certain human race that we are all familiar with.

Stating that something is organic hints that the human touch has somehow been minimal or non-existent in its creation.  There is a certain purity that is implied with this particular adjective.

And so I got to thinking about organic thought and wondered if, in fact, such a thing existed.  Is not all thought organic? Or do the ideas and images that run through our grey matter in a multitude on any given day result from the stimuli of the world we find ourselves living in?

Would I know if the thought that I am having is in fact organic in nature or has it been influenced by all that surrounds me?  It is interesting to consider that thoughts can be manufactured and yet, as certain as I am of my own name, I know this has a truth to it.

But then again, whatever it is that is firing along the neuropathic highway in my head isn’t necessarily repeated in the same manner for someone else, is it?

I was looking at photos displayed in New Westminster today.  In our brief history I see images of time in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s that seem so far removed from the world we now inhabit.  Street cars and horses populated the roadways.  Brick buildings with grandiose facades lined such roadways and in this little city of mine, many of those buildings still stand.

Images of unsmiling men gazing studiously into the lens of the camera with a certain seriousness cause me to ponder what they were thinking about at that particular moment.  Was there a sense of wonder experienced at the world that was unfolding before them? Did all the advancements in technology that began to escalate at that time cause concern or excitement?

We never know what the future holds but the last 100 years have been unprecedented in terms of change.

Soon I will have to start referring to myself as an organic female.  I have not been enhanced with chemicals (i.e. Botox), I have not been nipped and tucked, nor have I had anything implanted.

Would it matter that I wear makeup?  Would I still be considered organic?

I do believe that thought is organic though.  Yes, it is influenced by the world that surrounds us, but what we do with the information that is absorbed individually on any given subject combines with previous experiences and ideas to form something that is uniquely our own.

We have artificial intelligence that can follow a prescribed thought pattern, yet we still have that beautiful capability of seeing or experiencing whatever we choose in an entirely new fashion.  The manner by which we live our lives changes continually with a restless energy.  Satisfaction with our station in life seems elusive at times.  And so we are continually creating and developing various options to make our lives better.

Yet with each  metamorphosis it seems our world becomes that much more complicated.  We can’t go back and it is foolish to consider this ideology.  So we move forward and hopefully we can begin to ask ourselves what we need and why we need it.  And perhaps it is simply a change of thought that will put us on track to seeing our way past this consumption of technology that we have been feasting on.

In any case, something to think about.

Enjoy your evening.


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