If you are a fan of the self-help book, you may have heard of the quote, “All might quotes”. Now, what that means is that is often times, an action is taken without any real thought to it. For example, you pull over to the side of the road and stare at the grass. That’s it.
All might quotes is exactly how I can feel when I’m driving and I realize I should pull over because I’m just sitting there, staring at the grass. For me, that is a very self-aware thought.
As the above quote indicates, even though your actions aren’t really thinking, there is some self-awareness involved. But it’s important to note that there is no self-awareness in action. It’s all just autopilot.
I am sure that this is a common experience for most people. This is especially true when you are driving. Im not saying it is bad, but it is important to recognize when you are driving. This is because your actions are not really thinking, but are instead mere reactions to the world around you. This is one of the reasons you can feel the need to get off the highway when you have to.
I know many people who feel like they are in a constant state of autopilot, but I am not sure I think this way. When I’m driving I often think, “I wonder why I’m doing this?” or “I wonder what’s going to happen next?” The answer to both of these questions is the same: “I don’t know.
Driving is one of the most complicated things in the world. You just don’t know how complicated it is until you get behind the wheel and try to drive the way you always wanted to drive. It’s a bit like flying, only you don’t have a pilot. Instead, you have to figure out what your subconscious wants to drive, and what your conscious wants to drive.
“You’re driving a car. You want to drive a car. That’s how you do it.
Driving is the most complicated of human activities, and yet many of us still fail to master it. We have to use our mental faculties to make sure our car is in the right lane, to keep from swerving into oncoming traffic, to make sure that we keep the speed limit, and to keep from crashing. Driving is a series of mental acts, and that means that not all of it is done with your conscious mind.
In a car, you are not aware of all of what is happening in that car. You are only aware of the actions you are taking. That means that if you’re driving and you change lanes without remembering, then your conscious mind is somehow aware of this. I would argue that all conscious actions, even when they are performed without awareness, are still being performed because you are not alone. The person beside you is also not aware of the actions they are taking.
I can’t think of a better example of this. When I was a kid, my dad was always the one to drive me places. But I didn’t realize how much time I was spending in the car. It wasn’t until I started driving my own car that I realized how much time I was spending in my car.