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The constancy of the stimulus

A basic principal: the constancy of the stimulus brings to the loss of consciousness of it.

For example: if while watching television or a view, listening to music, or thinking about our business, somebody puts a coin on our hand or wherever they want, we become immediately aware of it. But if we stop and don't move when the coin is placed, eventually we will forget about it. We lose consciousness of the presence of the coin. If we take it away or just move it, we again become aware of it, that means, we have the consciousness of the change, while in stasis, after a while the coin is forgotten.

There's a simple explanation for this. Our senses are continuously hit by stimuli, by spurs of change and our system is ready to absorb them, in order to resettle itself. Just remember what we began talking about. From this point of view, stasis isn't meaningful, less than change anyway, so it is put aside, filed, until it won't need to be recalled for another reason. This principal has a practical importance, bigger than we can ever imagine. Some examples:

- often we understand the value of things once we've lost them,


- we become excited with something new, but after a while that we have something, we take it for granted.

Obviously, we're referring to things, people, situations, and moods, but how many times we've followed this same procedure and made mistakes because we couldn't understand what would of happened next? The world reacts to our consciousness and our non-consciousness, and very often we don't understand other people's reactions. Why, where do they come from, and, most of all, have we contributed to them. 

In any case, let's remember we're the ones who'll pay the price in the end. Maybe, it's better to wake up to the what is happening around us, in order to avoid what we don't appreciate, but also to prepare ourselves to what will happen next.

Marco Dal Negro