Are We Conditioned?

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All humans are conditioned creatures. We are conditioned to do many different things in life, some in very specific ways. One example, an obvious one, is behavioral conditioning. In an organized society, we are conditioned by outside factors (e.g. parents, government, friends) to act in a certain way. There is a limit to what we can do, where we can do it, and how we can do it. For instance, most of us are conditioned to pay taxes, obey laws, and lead as healthy and productive lives as possible. However, some of us, although we have been conditioned to do these things over and over from birth, do not obey our conditioning. An example of this is people that have the means to pay for something, yet choose to steal it instead. They know they must pay for it, yet they disobey their conditioning that has taught them that they must pay for things.

They are taught these ideals by those who are in control of their lives. Their parents, teachers, and government are the ones in control. All who are in control of us are, therefore, humans. We are not under the control of any animal, whether it be a mouse or a lion. Humans that have conditioned other humans must have been conditioned, therefore, by a human being themselves. Therefore it is a cycle.

All who are in control are conditioned creatures. Since we have stated that to be in control, one must be human, and must have been conditioned by a previous human being or beings, then all who are in control are conditioned creatures. In order to control someone, one must know how to control. Most humans learn by experience. There is nothing like experience. One can be the best doctor on paper, but does...