David Amerland
David Amerland
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Dec 27, 2019
The future is not set. In the Trois Frères caves, in the south of France, is perhaps the most famous prehistoric recorded example of ancient man's intuitive belief in the power of the mind. In the deepest part of the cave, above a high rock ledge approximately twelve feet up from the cave floor, is the picture of a man wearing an animal's skin and tail. An owlish-looking mask and the antlers of a stag adorn his head. It is perhaps one of the earliest recorded attempts of man trying to control uncertainty and produce a particular, favorable outcome. In this case a hunt. The validity of the external world, like that of colors, lies in the brain's interpretation of what it perceives. And that interpretation has always been subject to needs, wants and cultural development. None of this is new. Being able to recognize the patterns of behavior provides an easier means of analyzing what is going on in the world we live in. Being able to understand the world around us is exactly what the brain has been designed for. It is its prime directive, if you like. From that relatively simple, singular focus it is able to help us survive by predicting the next moment. From that relatively simple, singular focus also springs every aspect of complexity we see in the world around us. If the brain in its focus is the compass that sets our course what happens along the way depends upon our decision making capability. At the ground level of each life, lived nothing is simple. In Terminator 2: Judgement Day John Connor sends this message back to his mother: "The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves." The future, of course, is never set. The fate we meet is determined by the choices we make and the decisions those choices lead to. In The Sniper Mind I posited how every choice is a decision. Every decision has consequences. As we enter the second decade of the 21st century we begin to see just how deep that goes in virtually every aspect of what we do. The only answer lies in levelling up our skillset and upping our game. The last century is truly behind us now.
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