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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Brain Knots

We tie our minds in thought-knots and spend our time untying them.

Some languages are worse at this than others.

Focused on finding causation, English is a decent language for scientific inquiry.

But it makes our inner lives complicated.
We grapple with dichotomies and absolutes:

Good vs. Evil  (or Good vs. Bad)
Liberal vs. Conservative
Strong vs. Weak
Gay vs. Straight
Correct vs. Incorrect
Male vs. Female

We ask not only why we did something, but what it means that we did it.
Not only what we feel, but how we should feel.

And when the answers are complex or contradictory we wonder...

Does this mean I am good or bad?
Does this mean I'm healthy or unhealthy?

Learning to think outside dichotomies expands our internal landscape.

Moral, Immoral, Amoral
Correct, Incorrect, Awkward, Graceful
Male, Female, Transgender, Neuter, CIS

It destroys the emotional split of either self-satisfaction or shame.  Our attention shifts from our self to the complex interactions in the world around us. We consider, we contemplate, we observe and adapt.

As we go into this month of exploring mental health issues through a memetic lens, here's something to consider: 
Maybe there's nothing wrong with how you think, maybe your thoughts are complicated by the language you speak.

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