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Dize: Basic education needed before brains can click in

Sometimes brains just don’t click in. We can know something, but just don’t apply it. A simple example of this was the other day when I was telling a friend about a strange lizard I saw on the white stone floor. I told her it wasn’t green like the others in the yard. She smiled and replied that it was a chameleon and was changing its color to match the color of the white floor. “Didn’t I know that?” Of course I knew that but my brain didn’t just click to realize, that was why this lizard looked like a feather or a piece of dust as it was attempting to camouflage itself. Nature is amazing and so are our brains.

Another example of our brain not tackling reality … I read about the experience a monk had when he was young. He had never been outside of his small village. He told about the day he rode on a dragon that snorted, rumbled and roared. The dragon lunged and traveled forward at an enormous speed and he could see black smoke trailing wherever it went. Whenever it stopped, it squealed. What the monk was describing was his first ride in a school bus that his mother put him on for a trip to the city.

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As I remember this story, I smile and compare it with The Book of Ezekiel in the Bible. Ezekiel describes a vision he had: “And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.” Jokingly, at first perception, some could say Ezekiel was envisioning a helicopter but of course scholars explain Ezekiel’s vision as the destruction of Jerusalem and its temple.

To understand the Bible, one must sharpen their pencil and do a little homework. Not only to capture the traditions, laws, worldview, history, geography of that era, but to also take into consideration what stress it was to record a story without a Bic pen or a computer and … to understand the difficulty in language translations and English language similes, metaphors, allegories or reading words literally.

Eons ago, Bible reading was left to the educated, the priests. There was not a Bible in every house as the saying goes. But even though we readily have access to the ancient books that have created all the world religions, we must be careful to understand the accuracy of the interpretation and also, what was the history and point of view of the author.

I’ve learned to research the biography and worldview of the author before I chose whether to read their book. In the 13 possible books that the Apostle Paul wrote, some humorously have said they detect a slight chance, he could have had OCD. One out of every 40 in the USA has it so that’s not a real issue.

Our brains can only click in when we have all the facts. I believe basic education, as I’ve described above (immediately) needs to be a world focus so those suffering from scrupulosity and the closed-minded won’t feel they need to become a terrorist and eliminate others who do not believe/think as they do.

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