Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Brain vs Computer

Due to unforseen circumstances, I have found myself cleaning up my computer. ITunes rebelled, wiped my Ipod and it is taking forever to fix the problems. Needless to say, when I get to fixing things or cleaning I can see ALL the dusty places that I knew needed some work, but kept putting off. So I find myself scanning and deleting and looking for all the nasty computer viruses that may or may not be present. It has got me to thinking, wouldn’t it be wonderful if my brain operated like my computer, or better actually. If I could do a scan and get rid of malicious threats aka negative thoughts. Or maybe a could just pop the infections (aka self doubt, over analysis) into quarantine. Well at least until I figure out if they are actually destructive or protective. Oh and I would love to be able to download updates for my brain too. That way I could intrinsically know stuff without having to go through the painful experience of learning. But at the same time I shudder to think of all the hackers out there working to install into my brain all the nasties computers get. Actually, it probably isn’t that different from what the advertising industry does already. Except at least they can’t actually connect to my brain and I’m the one in charge instead of a crazy user who randomly installs, uninstalls and scans without being sure of what they are doing.

Anyway, while on the support forums, I found this quote:

“The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.”

I’m not sure what to make of that thought. The message does sound familiar, but it definitely shouldn’t be. Any ideas?


  1. great analogy regarding brain vs. computer! I agree, it would be nice to have someone come through and clean all the nooks and cranny's, ridding me of all the left over negativity.

    Your quote is pretty straight to the point. How true?! People in China don't care about what people in the UK's self esteem is. They WOULD care if the person in the UK accomplished something huge!

    Maybe its a good thing to keep us motivated towards accomplishing our life goals, to never give up, to never feel like our life is done. My take anyways :) Thanks for the morning thinking! I'm ready for work now!

  2. Kind of like the Matrix. Instantly learn how to fly a helicopter or learn to love myself. That would be wonderful. But then again, it will also make it too easy. And we all know how children who have everything and no disappointment turns out as adults.

  3. I was kind of thinking the same thing today in terms of spring cleaning. Wouldn't it be wonderful to spring clean one's mind?

  4. Had to laugh at your brain/computer analogy -- it would be great if I could do this, just wipe out the negative thoughts, install positive thoughts, rebuild my operating system and fix all those annoying little bugs that hold me back. haha!

  5. What a thought-provoking post! My brain needed a midweek wake-me-up!

    The quote is interesting, especially when viewed through a fitness filter. The judgemental in society (those who look at larger people and start deducting IQ points right off the bat) don't recognize effort; they only think we've truly accomplished something if they can SEE results. That's not fair (like so much in life), because there are some folks trying really, really hard who see very s-l-o-w payoff. The world, though, will only see the size.

    At least that's what I think about first when I read that quote.

  6. Very interesting, as usual! (you sure they can't actually connect to our brains? ;))

    I like the quote. It inspires a challenge.

    - Sagan

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