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Ch-ch-ch-choices 1

Hari Om

Each 'Choose-day' we will investigate the process by which we can reassess our activity and interaction with the world of plurality and become more congruent within our personality.

Every day we are faced with them. There is no getting away from choice. How and why we make the choices we do is oftentimes a conundrum. Whilst this blog is principally about choice in relation to spiritual philosophy, the basics are the same regardless of 'where you are coming from'. It is this very basic similarity which allows for marketing and social 'engineering'. We don't like to think of it, but for much of the time we are being driven by our instincts, rather than our higher intellectual process. There is a whole category of psychological analysis on choice behaviour. For the next few weeks, in the interest of the bigger picture and to demonstrate different approaches to this subject, some of the very excellent TED talks are going to be presented here. (TED actively encourages dissemination of ideas via these videos through their Creative Commons License.)

There is an article which makes interesting reading (here), and it has a link to one such talk. This is it below. (NB; reading the article you will see that there is something called 'bias choice'... Vedanta knows this to be driven by vaasanas! What is more, Prof. Iyengar refers to Americans as her point of reference, but the cases mentioned could just as easily apply to UK or Australia, indeed, any country which has effecively been 'invaded' by the 'freedom of choice' ideal.)

Prof. Iyangar also has a book related to this talk, click here to see a review.

Whilst no spiritual element is directly referred to here, what is to be kept in mind is that following a philosophy of high values is likely to guide us to better (and less fraught) decisions.

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