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Private thoughts, Privacy of life, I know what you are thinking. Big deal NSA.

Updated on October 4, 2013

You probably think these kids are thinking of the beauty of the moon and beach -- you would be wrong.

They clearly are thinking about "how much longer do we have to pose for uncle Charlie"
They clearly are thinking about "how much longer do we have to pose for uncle Charlie" | Source

Our thoughts are our own private place. Privacy there is inviolate.

The sanctity of private thoughts is not such a sanctuary. Privacy anywhere is only partial. Private is only private if you take the steps to make it so. I can pick your private mental lock. You think NSA is intruding wait until you here how I have been doing it for years.

Perhaps you think that your thoughts are your own. Nice idea. I can tell if you have that thought in just seconds of being with you. I can guarantee you that you had certain thoughts today. Even if you did not notice them yourself.

Christians and many other groups have this notion of confessing sins. Sometimes even out loud. I think it is therapeutic, and a good commitment and practice. But to think there is a God and then to think you need to tell God what you have done or what you are thinking is really a humorous concept. To be sure these practitioners are only doing it for themselves.

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First order of business to dispell

What you say has very little impact on my knowing what you are thinking. What you say is most often not what you are thinking. No I do not mean you are lying. I mean to say that even as we vocalize a thought our mind is thinking about something else. The thought regarding what you are talking about has already been had and is stored and your brain is thinking about something else.

You are telling me the stock quotes and glance up at the clock and then take a hard look at what I am wearing. Your time is precious. By the time you finish the stock quotes you have evaluated me as a potential investor. Because I am not dressed right I lose, and as we say good bye you are thinking of the next customer.

When you say "I love you" probably you are not thinking of your love for me, but just about me.

Private Eyes

Just for fun and example

Did you know that I know that you thought about your bowel movements. Yes you did. Today. I would take a look at you and surmise something about that. Constipateded? Irritable? Perfect? Diarrhea? That is pretty doggone private and not something you normally share. Kind of weird to talk about. But I know you have thought about it today.

"How do I look?" -- you have thought that in the last 24 hours guaranteed. "I wish I were...." for sure. "Ouch" is an absolute. "Yuk" is a standard. "if only" is normal. "I am hungry" yes. "boring" undoubtedly.

You see half of the knowing is just realizing that in our little heads there are somethings that we all think about. Just spend some time thinking about your private thoughts and decide how many millions of others have similar ones through the day.

I know that something in your brain feels the cold.

I get warm fuzzies from this picture, but I can feel the cold also.
I get warm fuzzies from this picture, but I can feel the cold also. | Source

Unique thoughts and Sins

I hope the above paragraphs do not leave you feeling less than the unique special person that you are. Please celebrate your uniqueness. There is only one you thank goodness ;-)

That which allows me to see further is a combination of forensics and empathy. Both take a lot of work to become proficient at and constant practice and effort into those realms.

Res gestae is obviously an old term. It has be hi-jacked by the legal profession, into meaning things can be brought into evidence to explain the circumstances of an occurrence or lack thereof. It really means the totality of the state of things. It is a critical concept for one trying to get to truth using forensics. Forensics again has been usurped by courts as meaning the body of scientific and physical evidence presented. Again it's truer meaning is the gathering of knowledge based on the study of what has been. Remember 1 second creates a past tense.

So if a man has yellowish teeth and a brown stain on his right second finger and is acting fidgety I can conclude that he wants to have a cigarette and is thinking of that. But there is more. Because he must wait he is not the boss. Because of the brown stain of the finger he smokes non-filters. Because he is fidgety he has other issues and smoking helps relieve those. Or maybe he just has to pee pee real bad. But I know for sure he is thinking about something besides me and that he wishes he were someplace else.

Uniqueness requires a little more than that. Empathy. How do you feel what someone else is feeling? Well you open up to that. You do not block that sensory perception. You get closer so that the energy being given off is more direct to your energy. And you use gestures, postures and words to let the other relax and not "keep it bottled up inside".

Children are open books

Yes we teach our children to hide their thoughts. Good or bad I do not know.
Yes we teach our children to hide their thoughts. Good or bad I do not know. | Source

So what about our Sins?

Well we try to hide them. We are ashamed of them. We do not share them with others. And we think we are getting away with our little secret.

But just think about that notion. Really? I think not. Did you know that when someone yells at you it is all about them. Angry people are not that way because you did something wrong. A wrong doing does not cause anger naturally. It is a trained reaction. The concept of flight or fight has no anger in the equation.

So next time you see an angry person yelling at another. Do not look to the other for the cause of such actions. Look toward the actor. In fact if you look hard enough you can even see the sin in the man that is causing this behavior. And pay attention to the name calling. Think back, have you ever noticed that most yelling name calling is not germane to the alleged offense. Ah but it is germane to why the man is angry.

Now good luck out there with your privacy. And if you think you want to use what I have said to get into someone's private thoughts. I urge you to think long and hard on that one. You really do not want to know about what I am thinking --- TMI


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I may be a strange duck Eddy, but to me in so many ways that is intimacy. As your hubs touch my heart. Thank you for visiting and letting me know.

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      5 years ago from Wales

      As always Eric ;so interesting and useful .Thank you so much for sharing great hubs which do indeed leave much food for thought.

      Enjoy your weekend.


    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Marlene, I cracked myself up with that line. But please remember that sometimes ignorance is bliss ;-)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sparlea, wonderful to have you drop by, I saw you and just clicked you name and read that wonderful piece your did on your parents and parents. Thanks for that inspiration. Please promise me you will not walk up to someone in total denial and say "I know how you are feeling". That is one quick way to get punched. hihihi. Next time you are caught in a line, practice, it is fun.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      5 years ago from USA

      Ha! I know what you're thinking! Well, you really woke me up with this one. I enjoyed reading your hub. It makes me realize that things are not always as they seem. There is always more to the words being said.

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      5 years ago from Upstate New York

      You are beyond amazing...your uniqueness shines throughout your excellent hubs. This is a great write. And true. It is almost spooky...for myself, those whom I know inside and out, most of the time I CAN tell what they are thinking, especially my sister, as we are so close. And some of my best friends. OR, sharing news with someone, I can tell just by their countenance what they are thinking. The way people react is a huge giveaway.

      When my husband was a smoker, going to the movie was tense, as, about halfway through, I could tell all he was thinking about was 'I want this movie to end so I can have a cigarette!"

      You didn't mention the telephone...I bet you can tell if a person wants to hang up or is in a hurry!

      God bless...voted up and awesome. Sparklea :)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks much. I do declare that is the best compliment I have ever had.

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      Suzette Walker 

      5 years ago from Taos, NM

      This is a very thought-provoking article, Eric. I enjoyed reading it and you make some interesting and true points to ponder. I will have to think about this a bit. Thank you!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey Bill I knew you were already thinking about the weekend. Have fun with your babe and chickens ;-)

      (ps- i would like you to tell us why a freelancer takes weekends off)

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Reading your hubs in the morning is like receiving a favorite quote for thought the remainder of the day. Thank you for another one to dwell on as I navigate the waters of my Friday.

      blessings buddy



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