Law of Detachment and Syllogism
How to Tell the Difference Between Detachment and Indifference
Consider some common situations where detachment makes sense.For example: When baking a cake it often pays to wait until it's out of the oven and has a chance to cool off before trying to eating it. When at work it's important to take a moment before sending off a potentially offensive email. Another example is not eating that extra portion of food when you are dieting and should be watching your calories.
- Obviously these examples are simple because we know that there is a payoff in controlling our temporary emotions, or delaying our gratification but that's to illustrate that detachment makes sense. We can't always think clearly so it pays to be detached at those times.
Consider the following situations where detachment is critical.For example a surgeon who is operating on a patient in a life or death situation and doesn't want to make a mistake. Another example is a judge who's decision will affect the outcome of a case and will ultimately effect someone's life for better or worse. A scientist may want to test an experimental drug that will affect possibly millions. Obviously these are extreme situations but it just goes to show detachment is extremely necessary at all levels.
Try finding some examples in your own life where detachment paid off in a positive or productive way.It could have been something big or small. Maybe you can think of situations where you were too emotionally attached and could have been more detached. The point is not only to see just how necessary it is, but also how beneficial detachment is in our every day lives.
Take closer look at indifference and apathy.For example an employee who doesn't perform at their best while at work. They may treat customers rudely or do a poor job on tasks leaving it for someone else to fix. We all have encountered these kind of people. Maybe they just don't seem to care and it effects others negatively. They probably receive lots of complaints before something is done. Why do they do it? Perhaps out of a sense of helplessness or as simple as being in a bad mood in that moment.
- A long term example of indifference could be a marriage or relationship which has lost it's joy and vitality. In that sense all parties may have given up on excitement and growth and have generally settled for safety. This is not to say the outcome is ultimately bad, but perhaps loss of hope, and fear of the unknown are keeping people stuck on life support.
Consider times when you may have been indifferent.Maybe you were pressured into doing something you didn't want but did it reluctantly anyway. Whatever the case, we all have experienced varying degrees of indifference at times.
Hopefully this has brought clarity, but now lets consider gray areas.Sometimes it's very necessary to be detached but it's not always clear when or when not to be.
- For example if someone asks you or pressures you into an idea you don't feel comfortable with, you may need to say no. However some people may not accept no for an answer. They may attempt to persuade you into agreement by appealing to your emotions. By playing on your guilt, your fear, or your ego they can leverage you into decisions you may not want to make. For this reason it's important to understand the usefulness of detachment.
Consider gray area examples where decisions are not always simple.That's when detachment could pay off for you. It could be a family member, friend, sales person, charity group or anyone who asks you to give something you don't want to give. In fact that person pressuring you could be you. It's ultimately up to you to make a decision, or not. But your decision may not always be comfortable in the short term.
- It could be a situation where you have to wait through negativity before you see positive changes, or it may be walking away from someone who manipulates you. Detachment says, "I am not deciding on this right now." "I am standing by my decision". "Let's wait and see." Indifference says, "what's the use." "who cares." "Game over man." Etc...
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- It's important to practice detachment but also enjoy life. The better you get at detachment the easier it will be to know when and when not to be.
- Remember that detachment is not about giving up. It's about not letting the here and now make up your mind.
- We are constantly exposed to new and unfamiliar situations in life. Detachment can help us think clearly and stay focused going into the unknown.
- It's up to you to determine when detachment is necessary and how much.
- You can always change your mind. Detachment is only there to keep your emotions from clouding your focus -- not to turn you into a mindless robot. You don't have to be rigid to be detached. It's only a tool for your benefit, not a permanent stronghold.
- Find your own good role models for detachment. Consider the athlete who clears her mind before the game, an astronaut who checks systems before takeoff, a therapist who helps his patience by not getting involved in their stories, spiritual people, etc.
- Sometimes these words are used interchangeably. Ultimately it doesn't matter the words you choose, as it's more about your state of mind.
- Many people may accuse you of being indifferent when you are being detached. Just remember that detachment focuses on mental clarity and improvement whereas indifference is a state of helplessness. Detachment also comes naturally to us in many situations.
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Date: 06.12.2018, 18:42 / Views: 81174