The Problem is Choice – II

Neo said this, in a wordy complicated discussion with the Architect, and as most of us know, Neo chose the door on the left that apparently signified hope.

The problem of choice is often presented as a simple one – the problem of alternatives. The ‘either-or-binary’ situation that we have all come to know in simple terms as – choice.

There is more to it than just the binary-ness of alternatives. A choice is not just the opting of an alternative based on what we like, need, or want. It is complicated than the dialogue between the Architect and Neo. When we are faced with a choice, there are a million other choices that we take before we choose this one that we are faced with. The future implications are calculated at the speed of thought along with a recall of the apparently disconnected events of how we will arrive at a decision that will allow us to make the choice. More often than not, the concept of choice itself is an illusion we create to help us believe that we have freedom – to choose. The events occurring around us actually conspire to direct us towards the choice that we make; patronise us and allow us to believe in a false sense of independence.

Richard Bach had presented a theory about choice too – that every time we choose, our lives split in two – in a sense – suggesting, again, that we don’t have choices, really. In that sense, there are multiple instances of us living a life with the choice that “we” didn’t make in alternate life spaces. This is a bit difficult to digest for the rational mind; it is worth a thought, however.

The problem of choice isn’t the existence of options, neither is it the ability or inability to choose. It is the problem of something that doesn’t exist that we believe is available to us.


5 thoughts on “The Problem is Choice – II

  1. On what basis do you assume that our “sense of independence” is “false”?
    Yes our independence is incomplete and perhaps not without qualification, but that doesn’t mean it’s fair to say everyone has to be delusional about it.


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