The human mind is a mysterious thing. Quite possibly the most precious thing one can find on this planet. A tiny complex organ made up of spongey tissue. Lined with a network of nerves. Constantly transmitting signals everywhere else. It can assess a situation. It can learn from the past. It can recall memories. It can hide memories. We’ve had it and used it since the beginning, yet we know so little about it. The way it reacts to certain things. The way that we think we’re in control when we’re probably not. Why do I say that? Think about a painful memory you had. You can’t dwell on it too long right? The brain wants you to not think about it. In some cases, you’ll “forget” that memory. Reality is that your brain just said “hey, let’s put this memory in the little box in the corner of the other room that you don’t even know is there mkay?”
Of course, there are cases where that doesn’t happen. Some people say in that depressed state. Some go about their days doing what they need to do in order to survive whilst coping with their depression. Some end up ending their own lives from that feeling. But what happens in their mind during that time. The time period before they decide they can’t take it anymore and OD on some crazy mix of pills and alcohol. A complete thought process probably occurred. It most likely started with a stroll down memory lane, and then went to analyze the memory. Then come the thoughts of what you could have done better. And then the thoughts of where you messed up. Then the thoughts of what might have been. That’s a very dark road to go down. The road of the “what if”. A very dangerous road that is. It’s even worse than the road of reality. It’s usually the “what if” thoughts that drive a person mad. However, that’s not their fault. After all, we’re human and humans tend to dream. The thought of the “what if” is made of up hopes and desires. What we wished could have happened. In that view point, we kind of screw ourselves over by dreaming of a “what if” situation that stems from an unhappy memory. Same as how we screw ourselves over by dreaming of a “what if” situation that stems from a happy memory. That kind of makes it seem like we shouldn’t dream then right? It’s just… safer perhaps?
I wouldn’t really say that. Part of what makes us human is the ability to recall the past, live in the present and look ahead into the future. We wouldn’t have come this far as a civilization if we didn’t do those things. We would have never survived if we didn’t remember the errors from our past. We would have never made so many technological advances if we didn’t look ahead into the future and dream of the “what if” scenarios. If we didn’t live in the present, we’d be emotionless robots that just… did things… That’s no fun. As much as I hate drama, it definitely makes life more interesting.
The fact that we have a thought process is what makes us so incredible. We have so much potential. The downfall is that that potential can go both ways. We can either achieve greatness or we can let our minds be our downfall. I like to think of it as a slope that drops exponentially and rises exponentially. If our thought process heads in the direction of negativity with nothing to stop it. Our thoughts would become darker and darker. With every thought being more morbid and depressing than the last. Until eventually we can’t take it anymore and end the thought process either by taking our own lives or our brain decides to just stop working properly (he’s gone mental mate!). BUT, if we were to have our thoughts go in the other direction… More and more positive. We’ll eventually come to a point of enlightenment. Where anything is possible because we have the right attitude. The attitude that nothing is impossible! Of course, this case is the rare case. If this was so easily achieved, we wouldn’t have so many psychos out there that want to bring harm to other people. We might get a few here and there, but a few here and there is just enough to keep our civilization moving forward. Maybe one day the majority of us will achieve that state of mind. A state where negativity is almost powerless and positivity rules all thoughts.
I’ve tried hard to do this myself. To only see the good in people, things and situations. I must admit that it is a very difficult task. There are few things that get to me nowadays, but that feeling… Once one thought enters the mind and I let my thoughts wander, it causes a whole change in perception. Which is why I wanted to rant on about the human mind. It made me realize just how amazing our brains are. It can create passages from a single thought. One thought can turn into a chain of events being played silently in our own heads. The way that we can imagine scenarios in there without anyone else knowing. Who knows what that person sitting across from you is thinking? Are they day dreaming about something? Are they having a flashback to their childhood? Perhaps they’re imagining what they’ll have for lunch? You’ll never know unless they tell you. As I am sitting here typing this out, I am imagining that I am actually talking. Using hand gestures and all. Of course, that isn’t what’s happening since my hands are occupied with the keyboard and I SWEAR I am NOT talking out loud. Really, I swear. I’m not a crazy person…
Anyhow, that’s my point though. The human thought process is amazing. Amazing to the point I fear it so very much. Especially since we don’t know that much about it. Especially since we can’t really control it all the time… We can’t control what the brain decides is too traumatic and must be locked away. That is very frightening to think about… But is that what our minds want us to think about? About how scary it is to have a organ in our body that controls our body and let’s us think that we control it? Okay, let me stop there before we get into some crazy talk. We’re human, we’re awesome, our brains are awesome, we can do great things, and we should all be happy and positive all the time.