Parenting Control, Illusion or Reality?

14 Apr

Robin and I are involved in a year-long brain building exercise that requires doing specific tasks each week to ‘build’ new dendrites and synapses in our brains. It is interesting and it seems to be real.

We strike a small handball tied to a string with a stick the size of a short broom handle while we are repeating the alphabet forwards and backwards from visual memory. When we accomplish learning one pattern we reverse it and change the striking of the ball as well.

It is difficult and challenging.

A dozen years ago building new brain cells was considered improbable. I guess science was wrong then and now science is right.

Which is it!

In any case all this work and thinking about our brains brought up the very interesting concept of illusion (a revisit from the glorious free thinking 60’s with rock and roll and generation tumult when many academicians questioned all ‘reality’).

How much of our daily life process is illusion and how much is real? I couldn’t nearly resolve it in all its abstract and overwhelming philosophy, so I compromised down to a more basic acceptance.

I think anything that hurts is real. If I twist my ankle then it is real. If I feel sad then it’s real. And so on.

There are some gray areas such as those things in which we build in anticipation. We enter college with an anticipation of graduating but it is not exactly real…yet. We get married and expect to live happy ever after (well something of that order), but is that real?

Perhaps to the two people in love it very well might be.

So…the emotion we embed in our experiences may or might not be real…I guess.

How much of your life is reality or illusion? Follow up with this series on parenting control next week!


3 Responses to “Parenting Control, Illusion or Reality?”

  1. Jane B April 24, 2011 at 4:08 am #

    Hi Scotty,
    I just ran accross your blog on Linked-in.
    I read that your book is being published!
    Awesome! Way to go!
    Be well and regards to Ra.
    Love Jane


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