Imagine you’re chatting with someone, either in person (which is so rare these days, unless you’re a Mom, or Dad to a pre-tween kid); or you’re on the phone (but chances are you don’t do that either, unless YOU feel like talking to a real person); or then you’re chatting online (more like the way I end up chatting these days).
Chances are, that during the course of the conversation, you’ll say this at least once to the other person, “You know what, that’s exactly how I feel!”. Or, you’ll be dying to interrupt to say, “Gosh, you’re not going to believe this, 5 seconds ago I was going to say these very same words; you just read my mind!”. Admit it, we all say this at one point or another.
They say (who’s the ‘they’) that in this universe (or multiverse) there’s at least one other person who’s a spitting image of you (and who thinks and behaves exactly as you do)… Now, were you just going to pause reading this page and move on to look up the meaning of ‘multiverse’ on Wikipedia, or to search for ‘they’? I know that if there was something I did not understand, I certainly would have hopped on to ‘search’ ‘google’ the term… and that’s precisely what I’m getting at.
In the days of information at our fingertips, it’s so hard to appear anything less than knowledgeable, intelligent and if I may stretch that, even to be anyone less than an intellectual! Don’t worry, I won’t take the joy away from you, of traipsing off on your eternal search… not just for the word/s, but also from your quest for more information… so much of information, that our brains are more likely to burst from the empty air in it, than from our ‘bits ‘n’ bytes’ packed cells. I’m saying this from first-hand experience. Timely retrieval of any of that information that we so arduously acquire and store is a challenge. So is that information being stored in our cells at all i.e. stored in any meaningful manner?
Let us say I’m in the midst of a conversation at a party, and someone is narrating an incident, someone else is expressing their thoughts, views on the subject… I, on the other hand, am actually losing out on much that’s being said because my brain is trying hard to retrieve the information on the same subject but without much success; somehow, I think I know something on the subject, and would like to get my two-bit into the conversation – I must appear savvy, now, mustn’t I? In all probability I have encountered it somewhere – in the newspaper, or on TV, or while surfing the web. But try as I may, I experience great difficulty in expressing any coherent thoughts and am at a loss for words. My mind is all whoozy. What just happened? At this party I cannot ask about all that was just spoken about (lest I appear a dim-wit) since I was right there! Nor have I recalled what I had vaguely learned at some point… and in this game of pretense, instead of learning something, I lost… it could have been so easy for me to just listen to the person speaking… if the info was a repeat of what I already knew, it would be reinforced; if I did not, I would now know; and if it bothered me too much to stand and listen to what I knew already, I could have excused myself and gone to the bathroom! 🙂 😉
Much is written about poor attention spans of kids (and adults, I daresay)… many of us are guilty of it. Now, you’ve just read this page… do say, “That’s exactly what I was thinking; wow, you read my mind!”? 🙂 😉 I’ll say, mission accomplished! 😉
The genie is awaiting my command… sometimes the bottle cap won’t open! 😉