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Don't Think Twice, That's Alright

Updated on January 15, 2012

Mike's Common Sense

There's an old saying, "If you don't use it, you lose it". If that's true, the average American brain must be in a state of atrophy. Most of us are seldom called upon to use our cerebral cortex anymore. Network TV shows, commercials, our schools, our jobs, etc. have all been "dumbed down" to the point where mental acuity is no longer necessary. No one even performs simple math anymore without the use of a calculator. Think about it, when was the last time you performed multiplication, or division on a piece of paper without a calculator?

I admit, I am as guilty as the next person; I like modern conveniences. My posts would not be the same if I did not have a spell checker to fall back on. The point I'm trying to make is that, we are now conditioned not to think, because we aren't often called upon to do so. The problem with this conditioning, is that society is quickly becoming a herd mentality. Reasoning, and creativity, are becoming things of the past. That's a big problem if mankind is to grow and prosper.

Part of this problem, is everyone's need to be entertained all the time. Whether its an i-pod, TV, computer, or cell phone, everyone is preoccupied with something. Seldom do people read in order to learn something. Novels are very popular, but, nonfiction, history, and science books seldom make the NY Times best seller lists.

I am all for entertainment; we all need to relax and get away once in a while. However, just like you need to exercise your body to keep it in proper working order; you also should have a mental exercise regimen. I like to do the NY Times crossword to keep sharp. I also will mix in informational reading, along with my favorite fiction writers.

Our children need to be taught to balance video games, and TV, with school work, and informational reading. Getting them in the habit of reading the newspaper everyday is a good start. Teach them, "if you don't use it, you lose it".


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      trish1048 8 years ago

      Oh!  then I'm not alone :)

      Seriously, what you speak of is very sad.  We live in a world of instant gratification.  I mean, how lazy is it to load the dishwasher, then procrastinate about taking the dishes out to put away when it stops?  And the same with the remote, if I'm really comfy on the couch, I fight getting up to retrieve the remote.  It's crazy!

      We really do live in a world foreigh to the one we grew up in. My biggest treat was being able to watch cartoons now and then. It wasn't an everyday occurrence. We did things such as playing outside all day till the street lights came on, and it wasn't with hand-held games. We made up games to play. If I was indoors, I had jigsaw puzzles, paint by numbers, board games and my beloved books to keep me occupied. So, not only is today a balancing act for our children, but today's society seems to have squashed imagination and productivity. A very sad state of affairs, if you ask me.

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      Michael A Muehleisen 8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Trish! I am the same, I am the first one to grab the calculator on bill paying day. lol

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      trish1048 8 years ago

      Hi muley,

      Excellent hub!  You are so right.  Just the other night, I sat here trying to do a simple division problem on paper, and had to do it three times before I got the right answer.  I was horrified.  I sat here and said to myself, this is crazy!  Why can't I remember?  Well, it's because there's this handy dandy little calculator on the computer, which I have used numerous times.  Why I decided to do it on paper that night, I can't say.  But it sure reminded me of how much I've forgotten.

      Thanks for sharing!