The Order of Things

October 27, 2014 3:54 PM

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The Order of Things

Here's an out-of-the-ordinary question: What comes first, a situation or a feeling? If you're a hockey player, for instance, does scoring a goal lead to an elevated feeling state or does an elevated feeling state lead to scoring a goal?

Although our feelings and perceptions of the world outside come and go so quickly that it's easy to miss, to me the answer is certain: Feeling state first, situation (scoring a goal) second. That is, a situation can't cause a rise or drop in one's level of consciousness. One's level of consciousness...

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