The Hunger

Find a mirror. Look at yourself. See the odd shape resting on your neck? The one with the eyes in it that are seeing yourself looking at yourself in the mirror they just found?

THAT is your home entertainment console. Except it is also mobile and full of apps. And networked. It streams. It takes a lot of power to run it, but that utility has been included in the bill. You have to pay the bill at least once a day to keep it in reliable service but it’s easier to do than you think it is. Eat a moderate amount of vegetables and beans and grains and nuts and fruits; if you eat them in the right proportions you don’t need to add meat but go ahead if you insist.

If you start early and take care in the use of your home entertainment console it will provide you with a lifetime of surprises and joys, along with some pain and sorrow for good measure. It will respond to training. Focus on tasks, even if they are difficult or uncomfortable or take a long time and the tasks will become so easy you will never remember when they were hard. If you have a hard time focusing, as we all do on occasion, talk to someone about what seems to be in your way. It is okay to have issues but it is best if you share them with a responsible person who has little to no agenda; parents, padres, relatives, and friends may not be equipped to help, so it is best if you reach beyond them to the professionals.

Remember when writing was too hard to do and the pencil hurt your fingers? Remember when the multiplication table was a complete mystery beyond the reach of your tiny brain? Remember when memorizing the parts of a frog or a worm, and particularly what they did for the frog or worm, was an unreasonable thing to expect of yourself? Remember seeing that periodic table hanging in class and hoping you wouldn’t have to face it? Remember when you couldn’t remember why the Civil War was fought or why there were world wars or who was in them and why? Remember how easy they became after you stared them down in their respective books and made your brain do what you wanted it to do? Remember when you ran and fell and cried, then ran and fell and fell better and didn’t cry? Remember when you threw the baseball or lobbed the volleyball or shot the basketball or slapped the puck and it finally went where you had been hoping it would go all the times it didn’t?

Each one of these was a learning loop and each time you looped it enough you moved on. Leveled up! Found a whole range of new skills lying in front of you waiting to be learned in their turn. You will find this as long as you learn and the learning will present more questions which, in turn, will provide more answers. It is a beautiful thing, this endless mission in pursuit of knowledge and finding more knowledge to get through that next door of a seemingly infinite number of doors, each with its own shape and color and special door knob or keypad or biometric sensor, each with its own contents which are somewhat messy to your eyes when you walk in and then, slowly, with focus and hard work, become organized in a way that just was not obvious at first but now completely makes sense. “Oh. I see!”

Thought is a reliable companion but you must feed it or it becomes atrophied and sad. Keep thought’s energy up, but feed it books by authors it hasn’t read on topics that may stretch it into a distant pretzel of its former self, show it films that challenge its current knowledge, provoke it into knowing more, listen to music that MAKES it listen, music that seems difficult to like on first hearing, look at art that is not just a well-wrought vase of flowers on an oak table but is a landscape of a color it hasn’t really contemplated before or a texture that seems like it might be rough and spiky and ropey instead of smooth like the brushes that might have made it. Challenge it daily and it will challenge you back and entertain you when you are too worn out to feed it any more that day.

It is a ravenous beast, craving more of what it hasn’t had, getting indolent and arrogant on stuff that it has, turning into an ossified shadow of what it might have been. It is hungry and you are its chef, its knife, fork, and spoon, its plate and bowl and glass. What will you do with yours?


Author: makingsenseofcomplications

I have an academic background in literature and, separately, science. My career has been in industry in positions of increasing responsibility assisting in the drug development process - one of the most amazing intellectual pursuits of the human mind, among many other amazing intellectual pursuits. I am interested in films, philosophy, history, art, music, science (obviously), literature (also obviously), some video gaming, human behavior, and many other topics. I wish there was more time in every day because we have a world that is full of amazing phenomena that are considered too superficially by too many. Although my first and last names are fictional, I think I believe in all of the stuff you read here, although I retain the right in perpetuity of changing my thoughts about anything written herein.

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