We all have habits. Could we say that a habit is just a factor of human nature? This is debatable. Human nature is defined as: “Human nature refers to the distinguishing characteristics—including ways of thinking, feeling and acting—which humans tend to have naturally, independently of the influence of culture.” Wikipedia
The first consideration in human nature lies in the above statement “which humans tend to have naturally”. Expanding on this statement would involve considering the chain of factors leading up to what we call a habit. The “human nature=nature=laws of nature=physical laws=phenomenon” sequence is an almost never-ending chain of definitions. This sequence up to “phenomenon” might be seen as a prelude to a habit. I randomly chose this sequence after reading information on Wikipedia. I would be very interested in your ideas concerning any sequence you deem may lead up to the unfolding of a habit.
The last link in this sequence chain (phenomenon) is defined as follows: “A phenomenon (Greek: φαινόμενoν, phainomenon, from the verb φαίνειν, phainein, to show, shine, appear, to be manifest or manifest itself, plural phenomena), is any thing which manifests itself. Phenomena are often, but not always, understood as “things that appear” or “experiences” for a sentient being, or in principle may be so.” Wikipedia
You may be asking how this relates to a conditioning element in our existence called “a habit”. Wikipedia states that: “In modern philosophical use, the term ‘phenomena’ has come to mean ‘what is experienced is the basis of reality’.” Human nature is stated as involving the following considerations:
“The questions of what these characteristics are, how fixed they are, and what causes them are amongst the oldest and most important questions in western philosophy. These questions have particularly important implications in ethics, politics, and theology. This is partly because human nature can be regarded as both a source of norms of conduct or ways of life, as well as presenting obstacles or constraints on living a good life. The complex implications of such questions are also dealt with in art and literature, while the multiple branches of the humanities together form an important domain of inquiry into human nature and into the question of what it is to be human.” Wikipedia
Habit and more Habits!
My question is simply. It is in reference to human nature. Have habits become the foundation for our existence on a personal and collective level; generally speaking?
Let us first read what Wikipedia offers us in regards to a habit: “A habit (or wont) is a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur unconsciously.” This definition is expanded with the following statement: ” In the American Journal of Psychology (1903) it is defined in this way: “A habit, from the standpoint of psychology, is a more or less fixed way of thinking, willing, or feeling acquired through previous repetition of a mental experience.”
A habit derives from a mental experience / experiences. It is sustained through continual mental activities which are very conditioned. A habit thrives in a field of unconscious repetitious behavior. The list of habits is long. A habit in terms of our human evolution / human nature is complexly integrated into the core of our existence. Obvious habits are eating too much, smoking, drinking alcohol etc. Which habits are not so obvious; a belief, fear, assuming, religions and many social behaviors are a few.
Human beings are on the threshold of experiencing a level of form consciousness that will require changes in our human nature. This expanded form consciousness will allow us to unite more directly with consciousness in its totality. How and if this will happen is not only a question of individual conscious growth; but also a question of collective consciousness growth. There is a frequency of universal proportion that is there for us to tune into. Do you sense it? Can you feel the vibration?