Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Obesity of the Brain: Why Man Can't Find The Answers He's Looking To Find

“All of this has happened before and all of this will happen again.”

These wise words spoken by the Battlestar Gallactica cast during the re-imagined series (running between 2005 and 2009) define validity … even when spoken outside the realm of a Sci-Fi plot construction.

It has dawned upon this blogger that the cliché is correct – life moves in a circular pattern with an occasional pause on its way coasting through eternity.

First, there’s school. Who doesn’t remember the early morning wake-up calls where parents yell through every corridor of the house and kid grunts and rolls around in bed hoping to grab a few more seconds of shut eye because it feels so damn good in that warm cocoon of a bed.

Now, there’s work. The same morning struggle of getting out of bed remains but the parents are no longer supporting characters in this particular scene. The kid has transformed from a wide-eyed leading roll youngster with a potential case of dimples to a full-on, bill-paying, alcohol-consuming adult who has to wake themselves up in the morning.

A once simple task seems daunting now what with the technological advances of today’s society. Before, your father’s voice in the morning was all the alarm clock needed. Now, a cell phone on vibrate substitutes for the human voice.

How do you know what to wear to work for the day? Before, opening your front door or window helped you gauge the blaze of the heat outside or the frost covering the streets. Now, logging-in to weather.com answers all questions including what the weather will look like over the next 10 days.

Technology is man spooning himself information. The constant saturation of junk food-for-thought in cyberspace is enough to crowd the human mind and leave the brain swelling from too much STUFF. Forget physical obesity, our brains are fat enough due to the over saturation of useless information flooding our thoughts. Think about it.

A strong health regiment for the brain is just what people need. A few calisthenics should do the mind a little good. Some newspaper (in print, not online) columns in the morning, a cross word puzzle at lunch, classic or modern novels before bed – these would all help solve obesity of the brain.

This blogger would like to propose an experiment. All Chicago to DC readers, please, I beg you to oblige. Take a risk. Turn off that computer when you get home from work at night. Don’t even bother turning the television on, what good will it do anyway (evening news/post-bad day movies are exceptions to this rule?) Write friends you haven’t seen in awhile a letter instead of a wall post on their Facebook (yes, permission to ask them for their address via a Facebook message is granted for this endeavor.)

Society has lost focus of what’s good. We turn to our mistakes and continue to harp on them. Why not go back to what worked instead of attempting to discover a new alternative? Maybe the best decision we can make for the future is to utilize the past for our benefit. It worked once, it will work again – but we have to try if we want the answers.

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