“Cognition is our greatest gift and curse.”
Since the beginning of time, people have been trying to figure out why we think and behave the way we think and behave. Where does this consciousness come from and why was it given to us. But our greatest strength that has built civilizations and continue to build is our greatest curse as well. Because in addition to the greatness, we have a history of famine, war, and poverty. We have used our strengths to control the minds of others, leading them down a path of wrongdoing. And this great gift that we have come to know and build so much, takes a toll on us when we are at the end of our lives. Or better yet, knowing that one day we will no longer be here on Earth. The idea of existing is beautiful, but the thought of all this consciousness dying and vanishing creeps us out.
My career goals are writing (screenwriting, playwright, novelist, and blogger), filmmaking, and photography. And when I sit down to generate ideas, with all the challenges of working on my next projects, also comes the great ideas. So where does all this come from that streams through my mind when it comes to telling a story. Is it a gift? Is it something that we are born with individually? Or do we find out a skill we have and build off of that to become great? In my opinion, humans don’t have a gift to inherently perform something that no one else can perform. We are all good at certain actions, but some of us will fight to build off of that, and others will ignore it. This is why we have few great people who go off and prosper at what they do. Like, for example, the movie, Good Will Hunting. Matt Damon’s character was a mathematical genius, but no one pushed him until he found Robin Williams.
In real life, there is no Robin Williams that comes in the form that Robin introduced himself to Damon. You have to put out into the world, and then hopefully someone will see you for your talents and you’ll move into a space where you can publicly express your full potential. Yet if no one is able to see you for what it is that you do, then is everything lost? No, it just means you have to go into the world and show people yourself. And having the cognitive ability to do so is what makes us think to ourselves, how do we get in that frame of mind. What is it in the brain where dots are connected and things start to make sense where we put ourselves in the know.
And in the end, that is the great wonder of the mind. That ability to continue to ask questions and gain insight into ourselves and the world around us. But the more we find out about ourselves, old traditions that have bound us for so long are dying. Religion being on of them. In the past we thought that this light in the sky that is the sun goes everywhere we go. Then it moved on to the Earth is the Earth, and we are pulled by gravitational force to wherever the sun goes. Then we have moved on to the sun not only pulling the Earth, but other planets as well. Now, we would like to know, where is the sun taking us as we orbit around it, shooting through the universe. The more time goes by, the more our minds become expansive, and we learn not just about ourselves, or our planet, but other awe and wonders of the universe that makes up us as well as other connecting universes. Yet with with all that knowledge, our all-knowing minds make us slaves to our own vulnerabilities in the process.
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