The Needs of the Brain: That Hankering Hunk of Head Holdings (Pretty Bad, HUH?)

The brain carries mind, thought, consciousness, concepts, language, with much else, and putting all that it holds together in perceived wholes of relevancies and goes-togetherness yields each person’s individual art. Some arts are works of genius, and some are works of those lost in the darknesses of atrocity, the mass destructions of infants pounding all without a sense of worth, value, rarity, the precious and dear. Reason on the one hand and the antithesis of reason on the other.

I ponder where reason has been lost. But mostly I ponder where to install reason. In order to fit the human bod with it I have come up with a list of NEEDS of and for the brain to prepare for the direct installation.

Broad Background of Experiences

Study. Practice. Luck, coming with the moment. Good fortune, coming over the long term.
Serendipity. Coincidence. Intuition.

Habits carefully groomed. Study personal grooming refinements, cosmetics, dental health, clothing, personal hygiene. “Reason”, its definition and techniques carefully examined, closely related to scientific method. Coaching. Stimulating model. Mentor. Regimented dicipline in physical exercise and in fields of study. Write some poetry. Write a short story. Study Geography, Evolution, Entropy, Weather, Statistics.

Write the “history” of your famly tree and diagram it. Interview your parents and all your relatives about family origins and family tree, and write it up. Gather all the photos of all the family members and compile an album of them all. Do not forget to get the dates as well as the illnesses that took their lives. Pay attention to the “collections” that each family has.

Problem-solving Skill Studied. Aims (long term: win the championship). Goals (intermediate term: win the game). Objectives (Immediate term: make the play). Nutritional Health. Broad exposure to concerts, especially of the classics.

Optimum environmment. Genetic Inheritance, and Bloodline, researched and recognized.

Read the big books: War and Peace; Moby Dick. Read all the main novels in the tradition of the English novel, under guided instruction. Read all the main novels in the tradition of the American novel, under guided instruction. Read all the main novels in the tradition of the Russian novel, under guided instruction.

Memorized poetry. Oral reading to an audience. Taking a role in a play. Public service. Scouting as in B.S.A. Dancing. Singing in at least one choir. Memorize a song and sing a solo to a group of people.

Learn touch-typewriting.

Swim in an ocean, a lake, a pool. Diving stunts. Go sailing and feel the wind power.

First Aid Instruction. Common Labor Job(s).

High School diploma, and aim for the honor roll in some study or overall. College degree. Course in Public Speaking. Course in Small Group Discussion. Course in Interpersonal Communication. Courses in Intercultural Communication. One or two foreign languages. Course in Voice and Articulation.

Hiking and camping. Life Saving Instruction. Saving and Investments. Working in a Factory or Other Business. </h3

Library Study. Voting. Officer in a Club. Member in a Society. An Award for Scholarship. Experience the Scientific Method. Write a Scientific Paper.

Whistle tunes. Play a Musical Instrument, even if a harmonica, or ukelele. Develop friendships with a variety of people, elders, youths, non-believers, diverse political parties, diverse religions, diverse cultures, diverse races.

Choosing Play and Recreations (Horseshoes, Bowling. Golf. Family Board Games. Celebrating Holidays with Rituals.

Chore responsibilities, involving plumbing, electrical, sanitation maintenance, and lawn and garden grooming.

What would you add? I would bet you thought of several items you would definitely add.

That is your inventory of experiences you ought to have. The point is to become a well rounded individual. The diversity should begin early and carry up to entry into a specialization.

One major outcome of having wide experience is prudence. (I wrote an essay on that previously. Origin? My Mom. Giving us the reins, generally.)

Organize a new club. Write a constitution for it. Learn Roberts Rules of Order. Chair a meeting. Read the U. S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Buy a pocket edition and keep it handy, always. Memorize the Preamble.

Start a long-term savings account. And study other prudent life habits.

I just realized how “endless” this is. Think of developing some habits of collection, choosing special items that you treasure. Could be a treasure trove somewhere down the line.

Published in: on April 30, 2013 at 5:59 pm  Comments (5)  


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