Why Do We Think of the Obvious?

Like most of us,  I occasionally suffer from troubling moments of clarity.

During those moments, I am quite liable to lose myself for a full minute or two thinking nothing but the obvious.   Utterly conspicuous thoughts pop into my head such as, “E=mc²”, “Lirone is among the most beautiful people I’ve met on the net”, “Usha would make a great friend and neighbor”, “I might need to tie my shoelaces later on”, “Rambodoc’s authenticity is refreshing”, “The sky is blue”, “Meowlin is bright and witty”, “The mountains are large”.

Of course, I’m trying to be a bit funny about it, but it actually happens.  So, this morning I’m wondering why do we have moments when all our thoughts are so plainly obvious?  Why are there times when we can’t think of anything else but the obvious?

My best guess is there might be times when our brain, for whatever reasons of its own, simply falls into well worn tracks.   Those worn tracks, of course,  are most likely made concerning things that are obvious to us.  What’s your guess?

11 thoughts on “Why Do We Think of the Obvious?

  1. When i fall into these trances i feel more comfortable, more confident, and in some sense more whole; i suppose, overall, i feel more as though things in the world make sense on a basic level.

    The rest of the time i have a lot of trouble feeling this way, partially because i rationally disbelieve that such “sense” can be made of the world, maybe partially because my job involves rooting sense out of very abstruse concepts.

    So perhaps we can’t repress the need to feel “right” about the world from time to time? (And don’t we have to feel “right” before we take any action at all?)

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  2. “Why are there times when we can’t think of anything else but the obvious?

    My best guess is there might be times when our brain, for whatever reasons of its own, simply falls into well worn tracks.”

    Maybe that’s when the brain is running a diagnostic on itself.

    – M. \”0

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  3. I like to think that the mind is like a muscle. When you are thinking of the unobvious, you are flexing that mind/muscle. If you do it too much, the lactic acid builds up and you have to relax that muscle. It retracts back to the obvious. It’s necessary, I think, to keep you from getting fatigued and overwhelmed. Don’t you feel tired whenever you THINK too much? I know I do.

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  4. Here’s my take. When we are thinking of the “obvious” we are at one with the universe. More complex thoughts are mostly a waste of energy, and a trip into ego.

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  5. I am someone largely incapable of going beyond the obvious and it makes me feel good when the obvious is in fact the reality. It upsets me a lot when it is otherwise.
    You say it troubles you to have such moments of clarity- hehe, I would give an arm and a leg to be able to see what seems so obvious to you. I think most of the times we are so muddled that we fail to see the obvious and the straightforward.
    And for me Paul is a friend who would never be dishonest in his writing and hence it is an honour to hear what you said about me in this post. Thank you Paul. 🙂

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