We are habit creatures by design, which is a beautiful level of evolution that stops us from learning how to walk every day, but it does come at a cost.
The cost is that over 95% of the time we are sleeping awake, which means that we're running on autopilot. It's the same reason you pull up at your office on your day off to work because you forgot.
You were just absentmindedly driving, and we've all done things like that. When it comes to understanding the mechanics behind that, I want to just remind you to what's really going on using some metaphors that we can all understand.
The mind is like a compass needle, it can only point in one direction of the time.
But similar to a compass needle, it has a Magnetic North and the Magnetic North in this scenario is the quality and level of our thoughts linked to our level of consciousness.
You can split that very easily in terms of positive or negative. Let's just use that as our benchmark. If you are conditioned to think habitually negative thoughts, which by the way is most of humanity, not because we're born negative, far from it, but because we're surrounding ourselves with examples of negativity.
Most people's favourite pastime and what they want to talk about is themselves. What most people's subject or favourite subject to talk about in terms of themselves is all the stuff that's going wrong.
Because a lot of people bond through common sympathy, through common adversity.
You've heard, "Nothing unites like a common enemy."
If the common enemy is the government or the weather and how bad it is or some stuff in the paper that's troubling you. People unite over that and therefore they get their need for connection through essentially bonding over negativity. That is reinforced and conditioned through the media, through other agendas.