Thought for the Day 12 October 2017
I noticed that the Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC has appealed to national government for assistance with the clean-up following the severe storm that hit the province this week. It would be really nice if our esteemed leaders planned ahead and put in the infrastructure for managing such events instead of complaining about the damage afterwards. We see the same inadequacy in the infrastructure for coping with floods, fires, the managing of our electricity and water needs, education, policing and on and on and on. Forward planning and management of the country’s infrastructure is precisely why national government is there in the first place.
This brings me to the topic of my thought for today.
It is a popular myth that humans only use about 10% of the capacity of our brains. This isn’t true. What is true, is that we really don’t understand exactly how all the parts of our brains actually work and we don’t understand how to tap into other capabilities the brain might be able to give us. What is also true is that some people manage to get significantly more out of their brains than others.
Famous and successful people from all areas, where superior brain activity is the critical success factor in their achievements, are testament to that. So my thought for today is the following question:
“What additional capabilities would humanity be able to harness, if we were all able to train our brains to use all of their untapped capacities?”
Many authors of science fiction and fantasy have played with this question. Lots of you will remember, fondly, the movie “Matilda” where a precocious young girl gets the better of a nasty, bullying headmistress, called Miss Trunchpole, and finds happiness when adopted by her teacher. I myself have explored some possibilities in my Fantasy series “The Creator’s Egg”. It is a question that will continue to absorb us and encourage science and medicine to seek further for mastery of the workings of this fascinating organ
One thing is certain, however, and that is that all of us could reach greater heights than we have so far. All we have to do is “train our brain” just as we would with any other part of our bodies that we wanted to get more out of.
So start working out your mind today, beginning right now!