Cerebral Melodies


We are all born into this world with our thoughts, immature and unrefined, to go on living within one voice.  A voice that rarely pauses; always whispering, and often irresolute in purpose.  We spend hour after hour submerged inside our minds.  Moments come and go as we stumble through monotony.  Yet, for most of us, our focus is ever wavering.  Unable to center our sights, we drift from decision to decision.  Each step forward sustains and reinforces those of the past; each experience builds the structure for the next, and ultimately, we either become conscience of this behavior, or descend into an endless loop of repetitiveness.

Consequently, these congenital dispositions restrain us from attaining cerebral freedom.  They mar the beauty of the mind by reducing it to reactionary and emotional efforts; bent on attaining comfort, whatever the cost.  However, in spite of our nature, a few awaken to the resonance of reason.  They struggle to distinguish between invention – attained while immature – and reality.  These few examine all things to determine their verisimilitude, and they begin to concentrate with precise calculation.  To be sure, the voice remains within, but studious exercises take control and direct it.

For the only real conversations we have are with ourselves.  Swimming in constant contemplation; weighing options aimed at the next step while reflecting on the last.  Failure, recollection, happiness, impact – all subjects that ebb and flow with the tides of circumstance.  We begin to harness and master our values; we gain confidence in our approach.  To live day in and day out within the confines of a single opinion – one’s own – is to discard the fear of failure.  Likewise, the greatest melody played by the mind is that of self-awareness.  Couple this with reason and a healthy dose of skepticism, and freedom begins to materialize.



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6 replies

  1. Very nicely written. Good job.

  2. I like the way you think R.L. The way you express those thoughts also resonates.

    I have a slight concern, however, when I arrive here; “To live day in and day out within the confines of a single opinion – one’s own – is to discard the fear of failure.”

    Of course, at least in the cognitive realm, one should be free from fear. But a single story can be a dangerous thing if it fails to include all the stories that are its parts.

    Are we looking for the one that is all or the all that is one? And is there any difference?

    This may be a large part of the reason we invented a “god” that then “created” us in its own image. Being born of omnipotence may excuse almost anything, no matter how heinous or depraved.

    “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction”
    Pascal

    • Thank you, Richard! Your concern is quite valid and I probably didn’t express that idea clearly enough. It should be read as a continuation with the previous line: “We begin to harness and master our values; we gain confidence in our approach.” One’s own opinion is all that matters, but that doesn’t remove the individual from an obligation of being open-minded and receptive to alternative ideas. To be it simply: if we concern ourselves with the opinions of everyone else, the fear of their unacceptance will hinder our own self-growth.

      Again, thank you.

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