I’m far from a computer expert and I’m not the guy you would call for an IT issue. But I do know how computers work: you input code and those inputs determine the outputs. That’s it. That is also why people who master Python, SQL, Java, HTML, and other computer languages make good money. But if the inputs are wrong then there will be a problem with the software, and you will get an error. That is why those inputs, or scripts, are so important and must be perfect.
What a lot of people don’t realize is that inputs are important to us as well. Our brains are like very complex computers and need the right inputs to function properly. Of course, this applies to our overall bodies, we need to fuel our bodies with the right foods and nutrients, but it is especially important for our mind and subconscious.
I started thinking about this after watching an Alex Becker video on his YouTube channel. The most important message I learned, and the one I’ve been thinking about since, was that people are putting the wrong inputs into their brain and it is resulting in shitty outputs. The video is a whopping 41 minutes, but it’s included below.
Think about what the average person consumes for entertainment. Think about what they are watching, reading, talking about, and listening to. Is any of it actually good or beneficial? Probably not. The Average Joe watches a lot of Netflix and YouTube videos that don’t add any value to their lives. Most people spend at least an hour a day scrolling through Facebook, looking at memes, funny videos, and commenting on posts. Let’s not forget about politics too: one of the biggest sources of anger and stress for people in recent years. The point here is that these are bad inputs. As Alex mentioned, when you have these bad inputs in your life it codes your subconscious like a computer. Shitty inputs come in and shitty outputs come out. These inputs are like installing malware or a Trojan virus into your brain.
I’m sure you’ve noticed this too: scrolling through social media feels good for a couple minutes but then it makes you depressed and jealous of other people’s lives. Too much Netflix or YouTube makes you feel guilty. And of course, politics causes anger, resentment, and hatred towards people you normally would like or not have a problem with. These negative inputs over time will muck up your mind and subconscious, you may not have thought about it before.
So what can you do about it? It’s simple: change your inputs. Watch educational videos that will get you motivated or give you positive energy. Stop watching media where people bitch and complain about things. Stop clicking on ‘rage bait’ where the guy is bashing the political party or group you don’t like. Limit your Facebook time to 5 minutes or less a day. If you do these things, you will have much cleaner, more efficient inputs. This will, naturally, produce much better outputs. You wouldn’t put contaminated oil in your engine or the wrong type of gas in your car, so be smart about what kind of media you consume. Make a conscious effort to use the best inputs, and your life will surely improve.