The alienation of sudden death tends to warp the mind of the recently departed. The desire for the life they lost is heartbreaking, maddening even.
Humanity has another addiction. The human brain prefers to expend a minimum of energy.
The path of least resistance, it promotes efficiency. Research proves this to be biologically true which means complex pattern analysis is the last thing most people want to do. Instead, they fall into a binary pattern of thinking, black or white, is or isn’t.
Maybe it is a sign of a very intelligent person then when they knowingly seek to rest their brain by enjoying a browse through the children’s books. I would say that you are absolutely right. In fact, the world’s greatest minds had what others considered odd predilections for some very simple activities or behaviours that others thought were out of context considering what that person had become famous for.
In ‘The Big Bang Theory‘ show they all love comics. Indeed, and all of them have exceptionally high to genius IQ’s. It’s not at all unrealistic. Edison was big on napping, napped at what other people considered the strangest times, even moved appointments so he could have a nap. His work has shaped huge facets of our world, even today.
I wonder about Tesla. Tesla was known for being wildly eccentric. We don’t know as much about his behaviour on a day to day basis because he was a bit of a hermit. So yes, human beings tend to be puritanical beings.
Eccentric people tend not to be procrastinators. Yes. They instead tend to be hyper-kinetic and obsessive. That is actually the other side of procrastination.
If you are confident of your ability, and value the outcome of the activity highly, you will tend to pursue whatever activity that is immediately, without hesitation, but you will procrastinate to the degree that the outcome will have a delayed arrival and to the degree that you are impulsive.
So we have these two competing motivations, and it’s natural that we have both. We aren’t meant to behave as mechanisms never deviating from an assigned function, but likewise if we deviate at every turn and in response to every distraction, our creative efforts will be reliably thwarted. Either way our quality of life takes a serious dive, no?
Gratification would suffer in the long term. Yes. Eating all the seed now and having nothing left to grow corn later, or always sowing the seed and growing sickly and weak for giving everything up in service to a process or “machine.” Any of this sounding familiar?
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.