Purpose in Commitment?

Insanity

Commitment —> The state or an instance of being obligated and/or emotionally impelled to a goal/object/being.

Although I could not find a well fitting definition, (in my opinion) I chose the one inscribed above and added a few distinctions to specify it. The world we reside in (I won’t say live in because so many of us are complacently dead) is filled with various situations involving commitment. Now, this man-made term can be perceived several different ways to many different people, but for the sake of MY blog, only see commitment as the definition I have provided you, the seeker of truth. The more time I spend pondering commitment, the more convinced I become that it is only a form of oblivious insanity. When I speak of insanity, this is the definition you must focus on:

Doing the same exact thing over and over, then expecting different results. 

This can be taken into context in several of our “daily commitments”, I will speak of only a handful, each with it’s own instance. One definite conclusion I have been able to obtain through all of this is the fact that commitment can be both, positive and/or negative. In terms of a successful college student that has done exceptionally well through the said being’s college career, it is obvious and safe to say that there is a positive form of commitment here. Why? Well, if said being is obtaining success on a regulatory basis, surely the steps said being is taking when studying, attending classes, and test taking.. is working. They are “committed” to maintain this passing average. This of course is considering all aspects of external and internal influences. If the student were to become careless and “un-commited”, the result would be polar opposite of the one first stated. Do not confuse my words… I am not saying that change is always negative and leads to failure. The truth is, change can actually be extremely positive and add to this achievement… as long as it is PLANNED change. Impulse is one of the many problems we as humans encounter and struggle with on a daily basis. The more precise and committed we stay, the better the life we lead will become and be.

Another example I too placed long thought into, was commitment to a person. This is where the idea of insanity becomes easier to see. Above I have said that as long as the studious college student remains committed to doing great in school, the path will be a clear one without negative surprise. BUT what then happens when two people are in a relationship, 100% positively committed on one side, but on the other end, the commitment is negatively connonated. In a problematic situation like this, it is extremely easy for someone (the one who is actually positively committed) to be taken advantage of and ultimately be driven insane! They will continually remain with the negative being knowing that they are cruel, they remain because they are “commited”. Not only does commitment now seem like a form of insanity, but it is also viewed as a form of excuse. An excuse for someone to remain obliviously insane, expecting a different outcome that will cease to exist.

The final example I will pose to you is the commitment to an object/action. When one becomes committed to an action, like working out for sake of example, it can be positively viewed by outsiders looking in. This committed workout-person is viewed as fit, healthy, active, happy and so forth. Now, dig deeper into the mindset of this person who is committed to working out on a daily basis; regardless of the situations they are faced with that day. They actually begin to become insanely obsessed with the idea of “being fit” even if it means only getting three hours of sleep before work the next morning, or skipping a meal and working out instead. If said person is denied the right to fulfill the commitment, they become angry and begin obsessing on how they were not able to fulfill their commitment for that day. In my opinion, this is the easiest way to view insanity driven by commitment yet the hardest. Here, we have a situation of oblivion occurring not to the person who is committed, because they know that working out every day is taking a toll on them, But the oblivion now lies externally! To those who think they know, but do not. They misconstrue various beings due to the actions they take and create a misconception; a dreadful woe mankind is unfortunately subdued to.

This next point may be hard to understand, but I will explain it nontheless. Imagine a baby who is “committed” to their pacifier. They can not live without it, can not sleep without it, or leave the house without it. This pacifier has become their gold and most important object. Although they are too young to understand the term insane… one could claim that they are in fact obliviously insane! The baby will repeatedly cry and whine for the pacifier, they will eventually get it, this will then cause momentary happiness because sooner or later, the pacifier will be left behind or taken away by another being. Not only is this a form of oblivious insanity, but it is also a controlled form of insanity. A baby can not get dressed, go to a store, and purchase a pacifier… it is done externally by a parent or guardian (they are unknowingly encouraging this form of insanity). The positive aspect about this form of insanity is that the insanity will eventually fade off. The baby will soon grow up and no longer have that need for the pacifier; they will awaken to the fact that this commitment was never necessary, rather than it was just a form of habbit. Something that is done for momentary happiness, not something performed out of true need.

Now that I have elucidated my theories and definitions, I want you to consider the following statements.

Is there true purpose in commitment? If so, how can you state that you have an acutal choice once participating in the commitments made… how can you define the lines of insanity (oblivious or intented)? How is insanity effected by external and internal forces?

I am curious to know.

– Truth Seeker

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12 thoughts on “Purpose in Commitment?

  1. Interesting view, but I’m not sure I quite agree. Actually, I think it is totally the opposite: we are committed to things, objects, jobs, persons in order not to go insane. It creates a purpose for a life which is otherwise absurd.

    Of course, when you look at both extremes, you will be compelled to find what you would call insanity: the workaholic obsessed with his job or the depressed lacking a drive to life.

    Ultimately, I think commitment is needed to create order (just like in your baby example). With commitment comes responsibility, with responsibility comes the easing of the mind, comfort. Is comfort what we really should yearn for? I’m not sure. But it is in this sense that I see commitment as being overall a positive dynamic in someone’s life/society.

    – Macrosage

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    • I see and appreciate your point… I however do not think we should strive for comfort. Complacency is the greatest downfall for mankind. I don’t think we should spend our life distracted with commitment.. Rather we should use our life to strive to know more.. Do better… Find things that are absolute and true. Thanks for your opinions.. Definitely made me see things through another perspective!

      -Truth Seeker

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  2. I will give you credit for writing an interesting post, and I don’t disagree with the examples you cited, but I think solution different. I think we need to reconsider the nature of problem. We need to better define it.

    A commitment is a promise we make either to our self, someone else, or both our self and someone else. There is nothing wrong with making a commitment, but we must clearly understand the nature of the commitment and set realistic expectations.

    You use the examples of college, exercise, and marriage.

    Before making a commitment to get a degree, a young person should consult someone whose wisdom they trust. Will paying tens of thousands to get a degree do them any good?

    College entrants should also be told they will probably change their majors several times. Is their something wrong with that? Not necessarily. When we are young, we are still learning about our talents and our likes and dislikes. Hence, if we remain stubbornly committed, we probably not choose the major we like the most.

    If we understand we are making a commitment to get an education, not an education in a particular subject, changing majors is not necessarily a big deal. Getting a C here and there is not a crisis. We just want to minimize the number of unnecessary courses we take, and we want to learn what need to do what we want to do with the degree. What do we want to do with the degree? How many people go all the way through college and never use their degree? Now that’s a wasted commitment.

    The point of exercise is to improve our health, including our ability to deal with stress. If we cannot accept the need to prioritize our commitments, adding a commitment to exercise is not going to help.

    Marriage is a contractual relationship. It requires a commitment from both parties in the relationship. Making a successful marriage requires wisdom as well as commitment on our part. We should only marry someone we have confidence can and will uphold their end of the contract. Unfortunately, some people marry with the notion that marriage will somehow change the person they are marrying.

    My point is that there is a prerequisite for a successful commitment. That’s wisdom. When we don’t exercise sound wisdom, we can make self-destructive commitments.

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  3. I am committed and I bet there are many people who think I should be committed. I am an obsessive person. With me it is all or nothing. I am committed to my writing, communication, enjoyment, Rock Music, friends, creativity, photography and travel. I feel I have a life that is measured in seconds. My commitment is to fill those seconds to the maximum with positive worthwhile things, enjoyment, love, creativity, wonder, joy and understanding. That’s a commitment. There are not enough seconds in the day!

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    • Well friend, it is great to hear that I am not the only one who feels like there are not near enough seconds in a day!
      I too am exactly like you.. It’s either all or nothing with me.. This is what makes me such a driven and passionate person; as well as a bit obsessive at times!

      -Truth Seeker

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  4. Commitment is not the problem. Extremes are the problem. The baby and work out person in your examples are being obsessive. The Bible says moderation in all things and whatever you might think about the Bible in general or specifically, this is good advice. One can even go overboard seeking the truth. I’ve seen it and what happens if the person questions everything to the point that they can’t see truth when it is staring them in the face. Just my thoughts, but a thought provoking read none the less. Thanks for that.

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