Don’t lean on your own mind!

There was one such period in my life when I was very interested in the brain. How the brain works and what neurosurgeons etc. have written about the brain. I devoured books about the brain.

Unfortunately, I don’t remember specific books at the moment, but some themes were repeated in them. For example, how we can’t trust our mind, or rather our memory. How our brain arbitrarily manipulates our memory so that some things it remembers more gently, but some more difficult things it wants to forget altogether in order to protect you. He is also often confused by the feelings we felt when we experienced something.

I vividly remember one study where people were taken off the street into a police station and questioned about a crime they had not committed. They were manipulated and accused of this crime so sincerely that people not only confessed the crime, but also added clarifying details and “remembered” even more than the crime they allegedly committed.

I would approach any topics of the past with some caution, because it is very likely that the person who maybe reminds you of some failure of yours or blames you for something does not remember anymore all the details and possibly adds more colors or instead you yourself moan under some kind of mysterious guilt, but it wasn’t that bad it is just your brain playing tricks on you. So like the apostle Paul, forget what was behind and reach for what is ahead. We cannot rely on what we remember about some events.

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me (Philippians 3:13-14)


Joy Nurme