perjantai 22. heinäkuuta 2011

Changing your brain

We play this game as a family when we're in the car. It's called mini-cheddar. If you see a Mini, you call mini and get a point. If you see a yellow car you call cheddar and get a point. If you see a yellow Mini you call mini-cheddar and get ten points and the game ends and you've won. If no one sees that, the one with most points when arriving to the destination wins.

We've been playing it for two months now. The result is that every time I drive the car on my own I keep noticing these yellow cars and Minis and say in my mind Mini or cheddar, though not really wanting to.

Just the mere doing it has wired my brain differently.

I wish I had enough desire to start looking for people I could help, where ever I am, and see my brain wired differently in a few months. So that it would be automatic. But it would mean I really would have to do something about it then, go and help. I wish I desired it enough.

Perhaps one day.

keskiviikko 13. heinäkuuta 2011

I read a good book

This one: The Help

Talks about black servants in Mississippi in 1960's. I really enjoyed the book. It made me think how much the world really has changed in so little time. I hope most of the changes are good. I know there is still prejudice, intolerance and many kinds of hardships black people face in many places in the world. I know many others face similar things in many places. But still, the world has changed for the better.

There are things that seem to get worse, though. More and more people are lonely, for different reasons. The saddest thing is to be lonely when surrounded by people. We keep networking via various means, but often people don't really connect. Not enough to share those things that matter the most.

Luckily that is something we can change. Face to face, one people at a time.

sunnuntai 10. heinäkuuta 2011

I do not understand

Recently I had a discussion with a man about a certain country's president, his doings abroad and about their foreign politics. A lot of it had to do with armed forces. He is a good God fearing man. I cannot understand his views. I hear what he says, I see the reasoning behind it and how he comes to the conclusions he does, but I cannot in my heart understand him - how can he believe the way he does.

I know he does not understand me any better. He hears the reasoning but cannot believe I or others think the way we do. Or cannot understand that our view is not necessarily any more wrong or right than his.

There are many things I don't understand. I don't understand how many good people think slapping a child is not wrong. I don't understand why some people dress the way they do. I don't understand why someone supposedly in their right mind goes for example to eastern countries and do things that are not right under any circumstances. It's easier to understand when people we have for a reason or another labeled bad do things we think are not right or so good. But when people who we think are or at least should be good do things that are not right or good (according to our jugdment) , it's hard for us to understand. Or is it actually just hard to accept?

Because it reminds us that no matter how good we try to be, we - me - do make mistakes and choose to do things that are wrong, even those someone else may think are just horrible and they cannot understand how on earth we can do such a thing.

Luckily - for everyone - there is someone who does understand and someone who can erase all those mistakes and wrong doings from our lives. Judge not that thou shalt not be judged.