14 August 2013

Coffee Question


Is coffee a choice or an addiction? Do we really have free-will, or are we governed by nerve cells that must seek out the produce of a mere bean? Who is in charge here, me or the bean? Did I really have any choice about taking this photo and posting this post? Am I at least free to take the decision between black, white or latte?


... and all those other supposed choices... caramello, mocha, iced espresso... all arrayed before us just to create the illusion of control when really, we have none?

Whatever your view on the question, you may not have any real choice about which view is yours.

13 comments:

CherryPie said...

The curious thing is that I have mostly gone off coffee which I used to love.

I still enjoy tea, but I mostly drink water...

Elephant's Child said...

I had to give up coffee years ago. Still love the smell. Now like CherryPie it is tea or water.
And I am not at all certain about the question of free will/control/choice. Some days I feel manipulated from the moment I open my eyes...

Claude said...

Not one drink controls me...except when my body needs water. In which case I'll drink the liquid which pleases me at the moment, or whatever is easily available.

Craig said...

One cup a day, but it's a large one, usually a brown coffee made by Clive our our Jura, around 10AM. Talk about a strict regime!

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

Ah... Perhaps Clive controls you Craig?

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

And I believe that French wine is easily available for you Claude, which is convenient.

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

Tea is nice.

Good luck trying to get some control over events EC.

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

and wine?

Craig said...

Not a chance of it! He's my barista - he knows his place :)

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

Perhaps he should set up a blog entitled "Craig's Barista". I'm sure it would offer an interesting counterpoint.

Syncopated Eyeball said...

Freedom of will and freedom of choice are different things, no?
There's a quote of Jung that I like:

"Freedom of will is the ability to do gladly that which I must do."

It usually gets people going a bit when I mention it...

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

I don't know, although I do rather suspect that freedom of those kinds is just the freedom to do what the electrochemistry inside our head has made us want to do, and I don't know if that is freedom at all; and I'm not sure I care, just so long as I can do what I want (which I can't, of course, because I am limited by such things as lack of money, lack of wings, and lack of many other things). One thing I seem to have in abundance, however, is freedom to talk rubbish on my blog.

Syncopated Eyeball said...

Haha! :D