Rants, Raves, & Random Thoughts

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Saturday, March 12, 2005

The Mind is a Terrible Thing

I am struggling to understand. I truly am. How does the mind work? The answer is obviously specific to an individual instance. My question is how can the answer have such a wide spectrum of possibilities?

Let’s say you are walking down a sidewalk. You are headed for the job interview of a lifetime, trip on crack and fall. What would you do? You would pick yourself up, knock the dirt from your clothes, check the scrapes on your hand, and move on, albeit a bit sheepishly. It seems like a reasonable thing to do, right?

What if you didn’t get up? What if you refused to budge? What if you refused the aide of passersby? What if you snapped at the fingers of anyone foolish enough to attempt to make you get up? Would this mean that you were crazy or just misunderstood?

I guess I don’t understand what makes a person give up so much for so little. I understand that the fall might have hurt, but there are people all around you that are willing to help.

Let’s say that days, months, maybe even years go by. The crowds that you drew have long since dispersed. You hardly even get a second glance anymore; save for the random stranger that leaves just enough food or water within your reach to keep you alive. You have become invisible; by the power of being ignored, you no longer exist.

One day, You push your body up from the cold concrete. You rest on your heels, but your knees still touch the reassuring surface. You collect your thoughts for a while and things are starting to make a little since. You realize that it was foolish to grip the pavement for so long. You finally stand up, but your legs are too weak to walk and your knees miss the comforting cold of the sidewalk, so you decide to crawl.

Where do you think you are going? Where would I go? You continue to crawl. You are no longer invisible, but people are giving you a wide berth. Who needs them? You have the sidewalk to comfort you. At last, you reach your destination. The sign out front has changed, but it is the right building. You are going to your job interview. Is it wrong for you to be angry that the position is no longer there? If you can’t get the interview will you return to your sidewalk or will you press on and show them that you are responsible enough for a different position?

Doesn’t make sense, does it? Maybe, I just haven’t found a sidewalk that was that appealing to me. It could be that I have never had a fall that I wasn’t able to recover from. I just don’t know what makes a person…surrender.


At 1:51 PM, Blogger Leslie said...

Sometimes a person surrenders because it looks good at the time. And when it doesn't look all that appealing anymore, that person will stand up on the sidewalk and move on. Nothing lasts forever, and you can't very well rely on the comforting thought of everything being okay as long as you're lying on the sidewalk. Sooner or later your mind will want something new to dream about and the sidewalk will suddenly seem boring.

At 6:39 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

One can only hope. I have just seen (to often of late) people just giving up everything that you would think was important to them for the sake of self indulgence. It just makes me sad.

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