2. The decision-making process

A dictionary defines will as "f: the potential of the soul in whose virtue we tend to have a positive or negative sense towards the goals proposed by the intellectual knowledge" or the "Free will or determination".

There are other meanings for the term "will", but the previous ones are those that interest us because they show its essential nature; this is a quality that clearly supposes the expression or the exercising of the internal liberty of all living beings. Some authors such as Schopenhauer ascribe will to human beings, animals, plants, and even objects.

Remember that for the GTCEL "The essential characteristic of Life is Liberty". Although, normally, I have talked about human beings for reasons of convenience, the GTCEL also attributes liberty provided by the autonomy of will to objects, even if humans are not capable of detecting it. It is no more than a topic of the philosophy of Life.

In the decision-making or will-forming processes, internal and external elements influence the individual. The present commentaries refer to the internal factors of the decision-making process, without trying to propose a detailed study at any time.

In reality, it deals with extending the line of argument about the functioning of human intelligence and brain memory to the processes of creation of will with the goal of obtaining a better characterization of our own nature.

In the first place, we will broadly examine the phases of the decision-making process. Afterwards, we will make a few points about the complexity of the decision-making system that will allow us to deal more easily with the difficult subject of the active self-directed person.


2.a) Origin of desires, ideas, and thoughts

On many occasions, we do not know the origin of our desires, ideas, or our own thoughts. Not to mention our feelings!

Independently of what we commented on about thoughts in the second plane, it seems as if there were a retrieval system of ideas and the brain selects that which receives more votes or is presented with greater intensity to study and develop.

Alice in Wonderland (Public domain image)
Alice in Wonderland

Let's suppose that a cell would like to or needs to have more water; the body will provide it with more water with the appropriate mechanisms. But when many ask for water, the water will start to become scarce and the desire to drink water will appear little by little. This desire will be made conscious at a particular time, depending on the consciousness' other priorities. For us, all of this process has remained hidden!

As is typical, the subject is more complicated than what it seems at first glance; for example, when faced with the same initial sensation, smokers may want to smoke instead of drinking water.

In the world of ideas, the same thing happens. All of sudden we find that we have initiated a series of reflections about a subject but we do not know exactly when or why. If we think about it at length, and if we are lucky, we will manage to figure out why.

Something similar, but not the same, happens in the trickier realm of feelings; for example, laughter and tears normally appear without direct control on our behalf. We can try or manage to laugh and cry, but only indirectly, by reproducing the conditions that provoke them.