Reason, Action & Ramification
Brain - A Hard Drive?
The brain is a very complex structure and unlike any other in the world. It is sometimes likened to a computer hard drive, but this may be an erroneous comparison, at least in the following respect. In a computer hard drive, information can be stored, and if desired, can also be deleted at will; but the brain is incapable of such a function. An additional advantage with the technological device is the possibility of its disposal and destruction for permanent deletion of data. Such luxury is not available to the brain, which has to carry every bit of information – desired or undesired – for the rest of its life. The brain captures data as efficiently as a hard drive but cannot dispose of it in a convenient fashion like a hardware accessory. In sum, as brilliant a tool as it is, one has to be extremely cautious when using this natural memory device called ‘the brain’.
Immorality & Effects
Many forms of data can be entered into the memory of the brain with no way of removing it later on. Individuals indulgent in obscenities may not realize it, but once stored, it is impossible to remove these from the memory of the brain. It is also important to be cautious with the kids in particular with respect to the above. Young children are far more susceptible to these things than adults and obscene impressions on young innocent minds can damage their morality forever. People negligent in this matter may never be forgiven by their children when they grow up and realize the gravity of those flashbacks retained from childhood as a result of carelessness showed by parents.
This also underscores the importance of monitoring TV broadcasts, especially with the multitudes of channels that come along with it nowadays. More important than all this, is probably the monitoring of the modern medium of entertainment and information [and a means of possible moral destruction], the internet. As beneficial as it is, the injurious effects of the internet can far outweigh the benefits if not used in an ethical manner. Internet is unfortunately liberally used among households, such that children have their own connections to ‘the net’ from their own bedrooms. This can indeed have disastrous effects as may be known to many. If it be a must then the least we can do is to ensure the installation of safety software and use them to the advantage of our children as well as keep access of it secure and under supervision.
We learn from the above that the brain’s wonderful ability of permanently storing data can sometimes prove to be a liability than an asset. As with the above, past memories of guilt can also become very haunting too later on in life. Murder and major crimes may be extreme examples, but even something as seemingly trivial as smacking your child can become a harrowing experience later.
There are numerous stories of remorseful parents who, out of madness and on the spur of the moment, had taken to beating their kids, only to regret it later, and for the rest of their lives. True love will never instigate one to beat; one should rather let the moment of madness pass and then sit and reflect upon the situation. If the act is worth punishing, and where punishment would produce positive results, and not done out of vengeance, then some form of disciplinary measure be put in place; otherwise the child should be pardoned with a word of advice. Undoubtedly, love and kindness are far better teachers than violence.
Children do not always remain children and unfair treatment at an early stage of life can scar them psychologically for the rest of their lives. The same applies to treatment of other members of family, such as parents and spouses. Indeed it can be a terrible feeling for the brain to look back into life when the loving mother was once alive and you had mistreated her for some triviality. No amount of compensation would ever suffice for that one seemingly insignificant momentary error. Remember, incidents last for minutes, yet their memories last for a lifetime.
Intellect & Foresight
Like the brain, God has equipped us with an equally precious asset, which is the power of reasoning and foresight; something which the animals are bereft of. One who argues or fights unnecessarily with others – strangers or otherwise – demonstrates his sub-human traits. And even among these, those with some degree of conscience will carry the burden of that experience for lengthy periods, whilst others will leave their experiences behind on the spot of the incident, perhaps only to look for another elsewhere.
It follows from the above that every action of ours requires careful thinking before its execution, as it will be permanently stored in our memories and the memories of those present. The matter is not to be taken lightly. How can it be when we know that many, if not all, suicides take place due to negative flashbacks resulting from previous actions. No one in their right minds would ever perpetrate an act if they knew that its consequence could possibly lead to self-inflicted death. But human failure to foresee the future accounts for many such deaths that take place within our societies. The blame is not attributable to this human failure but to the failure of not employing the power of reasoning which is supplied to every man and woman as a protective shield by God from such possible eventualities. So, if it’s a life and death situation, it at least merits some degree of serious attention.
Actions that have a potential to scar the mind forever have a good reason to be contemplated [and abandoned] prior to their execution. But since we carry out thousands of actions on a daily basis, how are we to distinguish those that have the potential to leave a lasting impression on the mind from those that do not. The answer to this, however, requires no ingenuity. Since all actions that have a potential of causing misery stem from the conscious mind rather than the subconscious [including those resulting from negative emotions, such as anger], they will normally be preceded by some form of thinking and intention before their execution. This is sufficient time for contemplation and quick decision-making. Those who choose to heed this golden moment lead dignifying lives, whilst those who ignore it pay a heavy price later on.