The action, reaction, action, reaction loop.
We relate to the world through feedback. It is through feedback that we develop a social I, and this is how we become a closed loop: “Good boy!” “Bad boy!” “Anthony is a dreamer.” 😀
Our problem is that we output bias, and then acquire more output bias from others’ input. Simply put, we believe the feedback and act on it, when we should question both others’ feedback, and what we hold in mind.
“Okay, I’m dreamer, and that’s my part in life.”
“Hmm … am I a dreamer? I am not ready for your view.
I need time to consider your theory”. 😀
Feedback occurs when outputs of a system are routed back as inputs as part of a chain of cause-and-effect that forms a circuit or loop. The system can then be said to feed back into itself. The notion of cause-and-effect has to be handled carefully when applied to feedback systems, ie listening to others.
Simple causal reasoning about a feedback system is difficult because the first system (us) influences the second (others) and the second system (others) influences the first (us), leading to a circular argument (compounded confusion). This makes reasoning based upon cause and effect tricky, and it’s necessary to analyse (meditate!) on the system as a whole. 😀
Meditate and watch the feedback-monster release itself from pure mind.
Feedback turns out to be karma.
The purpose of meditation is to break the cherished circuit.