Brittle Habits


Where the edges between my habits and the habits of my society collide there is ... not surprisingly ... a real "breaking noise"

this "breaking noise" might have something to do with the frustration and anger talked about in this item.

i choose to say "breaking noise" because of my model of a plastic habit.  When a thing made of plastic breaks we hear a characteristic sound.  the sound of breaking plastic. Here i am modeling my own personal habits with their brittleness  colliding with the habits of my society which are even more brittle.  Good or bad, true or false, should or should not is not the issue here.  So when my habits collide with the habits of my society, is there any doubt that i must tremble?

incidentally there is another place where a "noise" happens ... and that is much more personal ... it is where my own brittle habits collide with my aspirations. 

i'm thinking that these "noises" are important signals ... and not to be ignored ... diverted or entertained away  ... and certainly not to be drugged away ... but perhaps that would be the polite thing to do  and what the boob tube of my culture is suggesting i do Fuck that Shit ... oh, woopse!, that was so impolite of me to say such a thing ... er, i hope it doesn't disturb you ... should i apologize ...

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Comments


Seth says
Einai 2014-03-20 07:52:56 17187
a habit is something like a ritual - neither good nor bad; auditory & physical properties metaphors not with standing . It is just something you do over & over - something you practice from inner compulsion or consciously to gain mastery such as tai chi etc. not a biggie imho.
yes, certainly.

but habits are not just rituals ... and they are biggies when it comes to human behavior.  i'm going to bet that about 99.9 % of human behavior is habitual behavior. 

And it is not just individuals ... I would like to observe that the institutions of humanity are to humanity as the habits of a single man are to him. 

I'm thinking that not to appreciate how dominant habits are to our lives and the events of our society is to not comprehend what is happening here.

Mark de LA says
seth 2014-03-20 08:23:06 17187
Einai 2014-03-20 07:52:56 17187
a habit is something like a ritual - neither good nor bad; auditory & physical properties metaphors not with standing . It is just something you do over & over - something you practice from inner compulsion or consciously to gain mastery such as tai chi etc. not a biggie imho.
yes, certainly.

but habits are not just rituals ... and they are biggies when it comes to human behavior.  i'm going to bet that about 99.9 % of human behavior is habitual behavior. 

And it is not just individuals ... I would like to observe that the institutions of humanity are to humanity as the habits of a single man are to him. 

I'm thinking that not to appreciate how dominant habits are to our lives and the events of our society is to not comprehend what is happening here.
Well you missed the distinction ~ 99.9% in favor of being what?

Mark de LA says
Etymology of habit will say it is something you hold (Latin - habere) or is the holding itself. Not a biggie unless you want to pontificate or make something out of it, or perhaps shift the blame to society or gather more turds in your back pocket. A lot of alcoholics will preach once they have conquered the disease for a while & offer themselves up to society as noble examples of the bad habit conquered or what not to do - thus salvaging their egos . Otoh, discipline such as is normally required of olympic athletes - some call discipline a good habit - is usually praised by winning or accomplishment.
I wouldn't know what a plastic, munging habit is good for except perhaps confusion.
If a habit is brittle it must be easy to break - nothing to worry about if it is bad.  If it is good like maybe American exceptionalism then maybe need to worry.
interesting side note jism & ism rime .

Seth says
Well ...
  • the only days you lived without any habits were the first ones you lived as a baby.
  • most of human behavior is habitual behavior.
  • there are helpful habits (good habits)
  • there are unhelpful habits (bad habits)
  • there are habits that can be easily changed (called "pliable" or "plastic").
  • there are habits that can NOT be easily changed (called "brittle").

If you find any of those sentences untrue, then could you let me know why you don't think they are true?


Mark de LA says
seth 2014-03-20 09:39:00 17187
Well ...
  • the only days you lived without any habits were the first ones you lived as a baby.
  • most of human behavior is habitual behavior.
  • there are helpful habits (good habits)
  • there are unhelpful habits (bad habits)
  • there are habits that can be easily changed (called "pliable" or "plastic").
  • there are habits that can NOT be easily changed (called "brittle").

If you find any of those sentences untrue, then could you let me know why you don't think they are true?

  • .. the last 2 have doubtfulness of the oxymoron kind built in them ...
  • a habit by any other name is still a habit - wishy-washy now you see it now you don't is silly
  • .. i mentioned brittle already
  • .. sentences true & untrue is just munging surrounding truth ..
  • .. that's the thingy previously mentioned tzu tussle & language

Mark de LA says
second bullet thingy ..... behavior & habit derive from the same Latin ... stuff humans & other creatures have ... ontologically speaking not remarkable ... part of that sequence of encounter thingy .. doesn't exist until languaged into being via cognizing


Mark de LA says
Einai 2014-03-21 10:39:27 17187
Maybe consider the noise of breaking the breaking wind habit.


Seth says
Einai 2014-03-21 08:45:29 17187
seth 2014-03-21 05:55:19 17187
Einai 2014-03-20 09:57:42 17187
seth 2014-03-20 09:39:00 17187
Well ...
  • there are habits that can be easily changed (called "pliable" or "plastic").
  • there are habits that can NOT be easily changed (called "brittle").
  • .. the last 2 have doubtfulness of the oxymoron kind built in them ...
  • a habit by any other name is still a habit - wishy-washy now you see it now you don't is silly

Most habits can be changed.  Some habits are changed easier than others. 
How do you change a habit? Don't you just get rid of it or put another in it's place? I quit smoking tobacco over 25 years ago. I didn't start smoking with my ass or some other change to it.


Yep, changing a habit almost always involves finding something better to do in the context.   We could call that a "new habit", or we could consider that we just changed the old habit.  It really does amount to the same thing.  To me, these new possibilities don't feel like they just appear out of the blue on their own ... rather they feel like the recognition of the new possibilities get informed by the old ones.  It feels like the old habit itself suddenly becomes pliable and changes into the new habit.  But when that extra pliability does not happen ... when the old habit controls the situation because it will not be changed ... well then the habit feels brittle ... and can only be broken with force ... accompanied by the noise of breaking plastic. 

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