To the person who listens to my midnight rants; this one is for you.
Why do we do what we do ? We all have a reason for every act we have ever committed. You eat because you’re hungry, sleep because you’re tired and so on; however, why do people on the whole do what they do; what motivates them ? This question is one which fascinates me but I know I won’t be lucky enough to find an answer but alas, such is life.
As I stare out of this Boeing 777 stuff”. What I mean to say is that you are essentially made of star dust. Yeah, I was shocked at first as well, go ahead google it and you’ll see that I’m correct. I honestly, at that moment in time, felt like I was the most important person on the planet and the fact that those stars which shone brightly above were essentially made of the same materials as me gave me a feeling of belonging.
I’m filled with a certain sense of peace and tranquility. While most people have that “I’m so insignificant” thought running through their heads when they experience this view; I was feeling like I was the centre of the universe. Did you know that you, yes you, and stars are essentially made of the same “
As I looked out the window of this plane my mind began too wander and before I knew it I was back sitting at the statue in Piccadilly Circus. I remember just looking up at the stars at midnight; looking at the people rushing through that magnificent place going from one place to another glued to their phones. I remember that feeling of disappointment when I looked around and even people sitting on the steps of the statue on this wonderful summer night were just staring at their phones. I was heartbroken when I realised that most people must not make time for looking at the stars or feeling the wind on their face or stopping and literally smelling the roses. I remember even thinking then why are all these people ignoring the world around them, begrudgingly I admit that right now the world isn’t in the best of shape but still, why are people not admiring everything around them. Why are they depriving themselves from everything they’ve been seeking because they’re just looking for instant gratification and thinking short term; rushing from point A to point B. The earth has music for those who listen.
My mind wandered quite a bit with things I won’t bore you with too an article I once read . A group of scientists locked five monkeys in a cage, let’s call them, A, B, C, D and E. The scientists would hold a banana from the top of the cage in a way that anyone of the five monkeys could easily get too it, however, each time one of the monkeys would take the banana ice cold water would be dropped on the other four. After a while if any of the monkeys would try to get the banana the others would stop him from doing so. One by one the monkeys were switched out, first came along A1. Now, this new monkey saw the banana and immediately went for it, however, the other monkeys became hostile towards him until he stopped going after it. The scientists switched out all of the remaining monkeys and each one would initially try to get the banana but the others would stop him. So when the last one was switched out and he too stopped trying to get the banana scientists realised that while none of the original monkeys were in the cage and water wasn’t thrown on the substitutes they still wouldn’t go for the banana. None of the monkeys knew what would happen if they took it but they didn’t try to as that’s what they were “taught”. They had no idea why they shouldn’t try to get it; they just knew that they shouldn’t because that’s the only thing they knew. The scientists then made statements about humans behaviour comparing them to the monkeys behaviour stating that just as the monkeys in the cage most times we don’t know why we should or shouldn’t be doing something, we do things just because we see others do them and we don’t know any better. We’re trained to stay within the same parameters and most of us aren’t even bothered by it.
You know, I’ve at this point admitted that I’m never gonna get an answer to why do people do what they do. Many before me have also tried to answer this question and many more after me will also try to do so but the thing is I’ve realised that people themselves have no idea why they do what they do; humans love to act but very few of them think before doing so and that is why this question can never be answered because at the end of the day most people are stupid; they act without reason and eventually suffer the consequences of not using what makes them different; their ability to think.