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A competitive inhibitor is a biochemistry term which refers to a molecules ability to block the activity of an enzyme or other active protein, by physically blocking its active site.
In English, what this means is, Pac Man likes to eat dots. A competitive inhibitor would be anything that might fit in Pac Man’s mouth and physically prevent him from doing what his programmer put him in this world to do… eat dots.
Our brains are made to think, they are powerful when at their full potential, yet it always seems there is something else bouncing around in there that keeps us from being used in the way they were meant to.
I am going to throw this out there-
1. Selfishness- When we think about ourselves, we are unable to process “flow” because we are the end result, not others..
2. Lust (the bad kind)- This came up in a discussion I had with my Dad the other day. Lust is probably the greatest competitive inhibitor of thoughts because it’s hormone based, is amplified when not kept in check and is selfish. Perhaps this is why pornography is such a profitable business- makes more than all of the major sports combined. It is truly amazing what is capable when an individual is actively pursuing a concrete goal and has no care in the world about what anyone thinks.
3. FOOD- I am convinced food interferes with our ability to think and act. Look at it this way…what if you forced yourself to do x, y, and z before you ate…everyday? Sometimes food becomes the priority in our minds and therefore our concentration and priorities are broken. Eating also directs blood to our stomachs, not our brains.
4. Cleanliness- Our living spaces reflect our tolerances to our thought processes. Everyone would typically like to have a clean home, but it doesn’t always happen, things get out of order and we make compromises on what is and isn’t acceptable. Soon, the place is a mess. The odd thing is, the more I have order in my pad, the better my thinking becomes. It’s the strangest thing to think taking out the trash and tidying up a little helps me to think that much better, but it does. I have also noticed it is very, very good to have clear empty tables, counters and desks. Its like the Bruce Lee quote only instead of a tea cup its “the usefulness of our minds depend on their emptiness”. Too many thoughts…not enough room to function.
5. Distractions in general- You know what they are.
Just my 2 cents for the day.