According to Herbert Spencer, “the determined effort causes perversion of thought… An effort to arrive forthwith at some answer to a problem acts a distorting factor in cons
ciousness and causes error, [whereas] a quiet contemplation of the problem from time to time allows those proclivities of thought which have probably been caused unawares by experience, to make themselves felt, and to guide the mind to the right conclusion.”
The mind has the ability to discover, over time, new patterns or meanings within the information which it already possesses, and to register these consciously as insight and intuition.
The hedonistic fallacy
James and Dewey repudiated the idea that we merely … the idea of pleasure cannot serve as a motive to action. Readily seen when a man tries to demonstrate his sexual potency. The more he tries, the more he deflates the very assertion.
We cannot, it would seem, get away from the need to organise, restructure , or define the landscape before us. Even in our purest intentions, we want to achieve something. There is somewhere to get to, be it an improvement both within and without. Yet this getting is a paradoxical block on the work. As we try, we prevent.