I had no internet today and It felt like my world was coming to and end. Then I thought about the hundreds of years where in people had lived without internet and they didn't find it to be a problem. And it got me thinking. Why do I value having the internet? Is it because the internet is in itself valuable or is it just because society has convinced me that wifi is the best thing that has happened to the world since sliced bread.
If you think about it, nothing really has intrinsic value. Nothing at all it's all about society and us convincing ourselves in the value of something. I mean money is valuable today because I can exchange it for other goods or services. But there was a time when money didn't exist and people still lived happier. It's not like they had a hole in their lives which they felt like money was the only thing that could fill it. So if you think about it, Everything has value just because we give it value.
Sometimes, it's easy saying nothing has value when we look at things like money because there are lot of people who see the evils of money and they will agree with me but we can extrapolate this to real people. I could say, your parents have no value. The only reason why they appear valuable to you is just because you've grown up and they have been there for you and as such you've learned to have affection for them. But there are many happy orphans out there. Yes most of them miss having parents around mostly because society sells them the dream of a happy family and as such they'll want to be part of a family too but really. There's no intrinsic value in having a family or in having children or in having a flourishing career.
There's so much emphasis about how to make sure we have a happy and fulfilling life and personally I've read many books on this. A good book which comes to mind is "7 Habits of highly effective people" There's a chapter that says that before you climb the ladder of success you should make sure that the ladder is on the right wall. Personally, I think there's no right or wrong wall I've you've been following the earlier paragraphs it's all about perception. There's no intrinsic value in having a beautiful family and having a nice Job and and enriching friends etc. It's all just ways of full-filling our needs which care constantly being enforced by society.
I do believe the whole existence lies in our brain and if we could really control our brain, then we'll have supernatural powers over our own existence. If you think about it, You didn't have to read this text. Your brain just needed to convince you that you've read it. So If we could have full control over our own brains, then we could archive any goal we want without even doing anything. If you think about it, Everything you want can be satisfied by your brain. You don't need any external force or external event to satisfy it. e.g If you want a car to be happy, Your brain just needs to convince you that you have a car. And you'll be happy. You don't really need to buy a car. And if you think further about it, You don't even need a car. If the original goal is to be happy, then your brain can convince itself to be happy and then you won't even need to want a car to be happy.
One big assumption i'm making here is that you and your brain are 2 different entities. It may not be the case and it leads to a bigger reality which I have no idea about. because if the brain knows that it convince itself to be happy then there's no point doing that because there will be no point being happy/sad or anything. There will really be no point in anything which perhaps is the reason why we don't yet have full mastery of our brain. We may get extinct because at that point nothing will really matter anymore even the fear or extinction and the will to live won't matter because we'll have convinced our-self that those things aren't real and it doesn't matter.