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The Need To Be Conscious

Let's first look at the word consciousness. It would be good to share the same definitions. These are not specialized definitions but come from a number of modern dictionaries. Consciousness, according to Webster's New World Dictionary, is:

    1. the state of being conscious; awareness of one's own feelings, what is happening around one, etc.
    2. the totality of one's thoughts, feelings, and impressions; conscious mind.

Let's also look at the word conscious:

    1. having a feeling or knowledge (of one's own sensations, feelings, etc., or of external things); aware; cognizant.
    2. able to feel and think; in the normal waking state.
    3. aware of oneself as a thinking being; knowing what one is doing and why.
    4. same as self-consciousness.
    5. accompanied by an awareness of what one is thinking, feeling, and doing; intentional (e.g., conscious humor).
    6. known to or felt by oneself (e.g., conscious guilt).

When the word conscious is used in this website, it means being able to feel and think in the normal waking state. It means being aware of ourselves as thinking beings, knowing what we are doing and why. Certainly in being conscious we are aware of what we are thinking, feeling, and doing. Mental illness generally occurs when one enters a habit of not being aware of what one is thinking, feeling, or doing; or when one is not aware of why he or she is doing that particular thing. When you enter a rage you lose most of your control and mental capacity. Your knowledge of what you are doing, and why, is temporarily suspended due to the intensity of your emotional outpouring.

Also, when from any cause you are not fully conscious, you become dangerous to yourself and others. History is full of cases where people of diminished consciousness have made tremendous errors. Not all accidents, of course, are caused by neglect, but how many might be avoided if people were simply mentally present? How important it is to be conscious.

Truly Conscious 

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