Who motivates the motivator?

28 April 2014 ~Question of the Day~ Motivate

Who motivates the motivator?

It seems clear that in the case of us humans, evolution has provided us with brains that have a number of preferences selected for over our evolutionary history. These preferences provide us with many levels of motivation that are subconscious.

At another level we get many types and levels of motivation from culture. We have the developing rationale (logos), we have the cultural subconscious systems delivering emotional motives (pathos) and we have value sets (ethos). At any level we are each capable of overriding the default systems given to us by our respective cultures by the focus of our awareness and bringing both choice and consistency to create new patterns of thought and behaviour.

For the most part motivators are subject to a misnomer.
For the most part motivators do not give us motives.
For the most part, what motivators do is to remove the inhibitions we have on the motives that already exist within us.

We don’t need motivators.
We are all naturally self motivating. (That nature is the result of evolution over vast times at many levels, and involves many levels of cooperative behaviour.)
The whole concept of motivators is part of the illusion perpetrated upon us by educational and cultural systems designed to keep the majority subject to the will of the ruling elite.

[followed by]


Have you stopped beating your sister yet?
Simple yes or no question – answer it!

Just because someone asks a question, does not mean that the assumptions behind the question are valid.
That is the problem with most of theology – the assumption sets have been invalidated by modern science, but it takes too long for people to validate that for themselves, so the old assumptions hang around, because they are appealing on the surface, and it takes too long to dig deep enough to see otherwise.

That’s a good WHO answer, Jeff. It is very challenging not to interpret this question as WHAT but Bhatta asked WHO.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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