None of us asked to be alive. We didn’t order the body we live in, we didn’t order the brain we live with, we didn’t request the sex we are, we didn’t request the parents we have . . .in fact we simply became aware of our existence. When born we are basically a brain and little else. When we are old we find ourselves in the same position. We are mostly brain and when very young or old, there is less that we can physically accomplish. It should be noted that our senses and bodies allow our brain to increase its understanding of things around us. That makes our bodies an extension of the brain.
In between, human beings tend to become distracted from the care and training of their brain into other less important areas that are basically short lived. When we are born we spend a great deal of our lives learning language and understanding communication. We are not overly concerned about running a marathon or how physically attractive we are. It’s just the joy of being alive and being with those whose language we speak, that is central to us. We come full circle: when we are old we are not overly concerned about running a marathon or how physically attractive we are. It’s again the joy of being alive and with those whose language we speak that is central to us.
In between, we often become confused about what is important and why. We feel an obligation to fulfill the expectations of others in a huge array of areas that have little or nothing to do with the joy we once felt. In most cases, our successes following the wishes of others are fleeting and we are frustrated.
Our best asset is our brain. Our brain works most of the time well enough to allow us to keep up with those around us. Some seem to have quicker wits and others slower. But, when we work to improve the brain we have, we often find that things go better for us in general.
One big problem we all have is to effectively communicate with others. That is the biggest single reason we need to spend as much time and energy improving our brain and its ability to communicate. The reason is simple: most things that we accomplish in life are through the cooperation of groups of people.
We are built brick by brick, moment to moment, by communication. We see what others do and say and we adopt it. They are an integral part of our growth and development. If others are building us and we are in turn building others, communication should become one of the most important areas of concentration we have. It should be clear that we are building our future as well as those around us. A sense of community is basic to our success.