The Porn of the minds

Back then, in my mind, Mariah Carey’s voice was so much greater than Whitney Houston’s. Why? Because my friend told me so. Why did I believe her? Because she was a singer and good at it. What could I do? She knew her field while I did not even sure what a tune was. And then, I began to think that J.R.R Tolkien was actually like a prophet in the fantasy writing. Why? The same thing happened in this case, because most of all of his readers thought so. I started to believe all of them just like that was the real fact and no questions were needed. It was all like black and white, no shades of gray at all.

I used to buy all the thoughts like all of them are just a pile of cheap stuffs that someday I sure am going to need it. I was so addicted to it that i forgot that I had my own brain. Just like what I’ve told, I was like a baby who only knew how to open his mouth and eat whatever his mother fed him. I did not have what it’s called a freedom to think. The more I think of it now, the more I believe how pathetic I was. And the next question appears like, what was wrong for being told by? My answer: Everything about it is totally WRONG. (Note : Frankly, I did not say that capslocked word like what Trump does, believe me.)

Why is it wrong?

There is an old sundanese joke about education. The old man said, why bother wasting your time with school? No matter high the education a person has, If  he is put in a cage with a tiger, he’ll get eaten alive. Well, this is actually not a joke, but for me it is. I find this funny, more like stupidly funny, because who ever said this, we know what’s in their heads. The fallacy about it is that people used to think (or misthink) that comparison must be like eyes for eyes. They thought that if tigers used their paws, we had our arms. How wrong is it? As much wrong as to say how stupid a fish is compare to a monkey because it can not climb a tree.

Why bother thinking?

Thinking process is not hard. But tiring? Yes. The deeper you sink in, the more exhausted you’ll feel. But why bother? If tigers have claws and fangs, the eagles have a pair of wings with the claws and the beaks, elephants have trunks and tusks, the bees and the stingers, and roses with their thorns, humans must have something too for defense. Yes, that is called brain. But what is a brain compare to all of that? It’s hidden in our skull, and if we take it outside, than it can be easily torn off just by our naked hands. How could it save us from the claws, the fangs, the beaks, the tusks and the stingers? Well, congratulation to you. Just by asking that, you are now a part of the people who think.

Well, I’m sorry.

I am sorry for what I’m doing right now. I apologize that I have been treating you like kindergarteners since the beginning of this talk. Not that I don’t believe that you have your own brain. Not that I don’t believe that you’re not one of the people who are thoughtless. Not that I don’t believe that you always think in every air you breathe. This is more like “See? That’s how simple it is to think” expression.

This is called the porn of the minds because I want to show you how naked a mind can be, but i cant. The mind, the thing that makes a person person, the same thing that makes people people, the reason why we are as complex as we are right now. I write this to show you how disappointed I am right now of what we are that so called as the most intelligent creatures in the world. Have you listened to, read, or seen the latest news? Have you just nodded when they told you what was happening? Have you agreed with them? Or have you ever faced them while at the same time wondering how true or false the news that you are being fed by?

The minds are more than just True or False. The minds are more than just black and white. The minds are not like asking a question of “Do you like that?” and expecting the same answer from different people. We are different, whether we are in the same race or even in the same family. We walk the different paths everyday, that make us see the same thing differently. Use your minds to know and realize that other persons also have minds, and if you try to walk in their shoes for awhile you’ll may see the things that you’ve been seeing differently. And also, use your minds to know that sometime the things that are so complex need more times to be figured out and to assume a thing out of that is just wrong. So, be wise. We are surrounded by the differences. And by being independent on your minds, you’ll be another color in the basket that will make this world better than a seven-colored rainbow.

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