Your mind is in many ways just like an ordinary desktop computer, although the desktop computer does have the power to deduct and it lacks the inspiration to think. We though unlike the computer make mistakes because of our emotional decisions whereas the computer acts solely upon the pure logic of the input provided by the programmer.
But let’s suppose that we made a mistake and told the computer in its program that 1 + 1 = 3. That is not a very big error but it can cause cataclysmic errors in some but not all of its answers. E.g. 25 + 1 + 1 + 6 will return the answer of 33 but written this way 1 + 1 + 25 + 6 will give us 34 a wrong answer. Again this is not a real bad mistake but suppose it was this [(1 + 1) + (1 + 1)]² should give an answer of 16 but our computer says it is 36.
In this equation [(1 + 1)² + (1 + 1)² x 26] x [(1 + 1)² x (1 + 1)² ÷ 2] now our computer gives us an answer of 18,954 instead of 1,664. So as you can see depending on the difficulty of the equation or complicity of our mind’s situation. The answer can be way off beam and it is not really the computers fault or ours; it is just bad instruction.
In many ways we are programmed just like the computer. In programming the computer there are procedures to follow and errormessages if there not followed correctly. There are If, Then or Else statements and While statements. These we lean also as children or as least we should. Let look at a typical procedure that you should have learnt as a child.
Procedure Fire (variables: lighter/matches, wood, paper);
This is very basic just like (1 + 1) but is one of thousands of procedures we learn or should learn as children and that get even more complicated as we grow into adulthood. But suppose we never learnt something important to our life or it was programmed wrong. Then what?
You have to go right back to the source of the trouble. Now in a desktop computer this is not that much of a problem because once you have found the trouble and have fixed it. The computer will act perfectly from then on. But humans on the other hand once the mistake has been found can take several months or even years to re-adjust their thinking because of the accumulated memories that we don’t want to disguard or change. Or we don’t want to admit to ourselves that we made a mistake or that our parents, uncles or auntie’s taught us wrong because we love them.
So if you find yourself in one these situations you will find that it can be one of the hardest things you will have to do in your whole life and don’t expect an answer overnight. For as with many of life’s journeys they are often though hard, steep mountains and not easy to conquer.
© Gary Ivin.
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