Stuck on the loop?


Get off the treadmill of consumption, replication, and mediocrity. Begin lifting the weights of creativity, originality, and success. ― Ryan Lilly

But by taking the time away, getting myself off the treadmill, and just slowing down and learning, I felt I had so much more to give back. And maybe that was something that needed to happen for all of us. ―Lindsey Buckingham

In computer programming a loop is a sequence of instructions that is continually repeated until a certain condition is reached. Codes are written so that when the desired condition isn’t reached the next step is to loop back to the beginning, without diverting, and begin again. I will simply call these codes zero loops (some are zero overhead loops others zero delay loops etc).  Basically, such code is put in a hardware loop and would be repeated a fixed number of times. The software is not required to make decisions when a hardware loop is in place. There is no branching off if a hardware loop is used.

Are we on a zero loop program I wonder?   Is there so much white noise, distraction and stimulation that we find ourselves on a zero loop where we only access data and input that fits with our hardware paradigm?.  Are we beginning to select options without considering other ideas because they are on the circuit, in easy reach, because we are conditioned to? When we constantly see the same results is it because we’ve chosen the same input over and over?

If it is true, that we are on a zero loop, we  need to slow down, create space around ourselves and allow our busy minds to branch off the loop and make considered decisions, from a variety of inputs. Modern researchers tell us that this zero loop phenomenon  stems from our compliance behaviour. It’s funny, because in some ways I don’t see society today as compliant and yet, when I look again, I can see there are those among us jumping up and down, making massive, large-scale and in some cases frightening statements to jar the majority out of the  status quo. In considering if this zero loop phenomenon is a widespread reality, do each of us then need to be a little more disruptive, in a good way, and less risk averse?  Do we need to jump off the roundabout and diverge, choose a different path, make a small change, try a different approach, buy a different brand, say no, say yes, do the opposite, take time out to decide rather than lunge at the ‘obvious’ choice?

Zero loops and compliance behaviour. White noise and distraction. What does this mean in my life? How does it play out for you? Fascinating topics. Interesting questions to explore.



4 thoughts on “Stuck on the loop?

  1. not sure if this fits, I really don’t like taking the same route anywhere all the time. Say in walking or driving. I get bored easy maybe. So to get off the ‘zero loop’ and to open up to more, it is as you say to change direction, make different choices. Even a different style of wine? Like if you are a chardonnay only you go to pinot gris? I could be way off tangent where your thoughts were taking us on your narrative. I am thinking of neural pathways and making more (new paths) by going off the beaten track ❤

    • Vicki, that’s exactly it. Just because you’re a “chardonnay” girl doesn’t mean you can’t make a different choice. What comes to mind here too, is how easily we can label ourselves and then so rigidly stick to those labels. Similarly, with your idea of going a different way, getting off the beaten track. We get so caught in routine that we forget to branch off. I am so guilty of it, yet like you, when I remember and do something differently, it feels so very good. Refreshing even.
      It’s so lovely to hear your thoughts.

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