Today’s Topic: How we take for granted our own ability to think and reason.
It’s a crazy concept to consider; your mind is literally in control of everything you perceive in the world. Defined as ‘an organ of soft nervous tissue contained in the skull of vertebrates, functioning as the coordinating centre of sensation and intellectual and nervous activity’, your brain can be a great help or a horrible hindrance to living your life.
Why is it that the brain so important? You can go your entire life without really considering the fact that everything you see, do, and experience is controlled by your brain. Most people prefer not to think about thinking, which is understandable, but it is something to consider from time to time to keep yourself in check. The fact of the matter is, we usually just take our brains for granted until there’s something wrong with them.
Unless you have a headache or a migraine, you don’t generally curse out your brain for being a nuisance. It’s hard to tell how much of our daily and chronic pains and pleasures are due to our brain sending out false or misleading signals, but just the thought of it is enough to become suspicious. Our brains, in short, can be our greatest ally or worst enemy.
Just recently I was reminded of The Matrix Discussion, or simulated reality postulation, wherein many people believe that the reality we see before us at this very moment is all a simulation. Some believe that our minds are wired into a large machine that facilitates our reality, or that we’re simply one single being that has created an entire world to live in with just the power of a single brain.
Honestly, I don’t know how to feel about such theories about my own existence. I’ve often wondered if my life is merely a scenario my brain has created to keep me occupied – which feeds nicely into the questions of whether or not time is an illusion as well – or if I’m just overthinking things. Either way, it’s still important to remember that everything we perceive in life is filtered through our brains.
Just how much of the truth are we missing?
It can be daunting and frightening to think of what your mind might be keeping from you, but also uplifting and enlightening to know that you have such a high-powered wonder to use at your disposal. Many people take their minds for granted as it’s hard to even appreciate them until something happens that threatens their health or existence. Overall, I’m just glad my brain allows me to do what I do, which is mainly writing and wondering about my reality.