First, some thoughts addressing the following question:
What is an idea?
Personally, I understand ideas to be “thoughts or suggestions which guide human action.”
What’s interesting to me is that the ideas which guide human action aren’t often created by the person who is acting. Rather, we act based on the ideas created by others and often disseminated by propaganda systems.
I’m not placing judgement on the experience of acting based on someone else’s ideas. I think this is completely natural. We are a social species. My belief system is made up of so many different ideas.
But I also think the experience of “having an idea” is core to being human. Having an idea experiencing some kind of surge of inspiration where a “thought or suggestion” is expressed in a unique way. It may not be unique to the species - people can experience new ideas simultaneously. But the experience of having an idea means this expression is unique to the individual.
Therefore my next question for this discussion:
How do you experience having an idea?
I’m interested in people sharing their thoughts on the conditions that are required in their life to experience “having an idea”, or the mindset that needs to be cultivated to “have one”.