Ideas captivate. They are light bulbs (bright idea) that attract us to their light, and we get sucked in, to gaze upon their brilliance with awe, wonder and amazement.
Beliefs will grasp us, and captivate us as silly lovers, blinding us into foolishness. That is the infatuation we undergo by being captivated by “feel-good” imagery from words, writing, music or video. We automatically “fall” for them as the source of our positive emotive state. We are led by this emotional state, and can be made silly, stupid or foolish: infatuated. Something has invoked an emotional state of consciousness and clouds a rational evaluation.
Whatever is novel, fantastic, and wonderful is believed and accepted by many people. That’s why the many “New Age” fantasy narratives are so attractive and mesmerizing. Ideas can be hypnotizing and influence us into being under their spell. Ideas are captivating. Ideas have us. We are under the influence of their emotional affect upon us, attached to them like a puppet on strings.
Many people accept concepts because they have a physiological affect of “feeling-good”, not because of the truthfulness of the statements. This is to “feel” your way through information and ideas.
We must ask ourselves questions and doubt. Ask ourselves if this is actually true or if we merely choose to believe it because of the effect it has on us.
Ideas are powerful. Thoughts are powerful. Be careful what you accept into yourself that affects you.