What informs our intentions and aspirations?
Hope for gain, fear of loss.
Concern for praise or blame.
Striving for happiness or avoiding pain and dissatisfaction.
To be famous, or insignificant.
Those are the eight worldly concerns, which invariably inform many of our decisions and actions. The Buddha taught that our karma is based on our choices and the actions that it produces. We all want to be happy, to have stability and accomplish our aims, but what informs our intentions keeps us bound in the cycle of suffering and dissatisfaction.
We want to choose actions that produce happiness, but our choices are informed by the causes of suffering.
We are informed by hope and fear for the eight worldly concerns. Our choices are conditioned by attachment and aversion, ignorance, jealousy and pride. Biased perception clouds our vision.
With that information, it is a miracle that we ever make a good decision.
But we do.
One of the best choices we can make is to practice, because all that that poor information is easily removed through practice. Clarify your practice, let your practice clarify you.