How many times a day do you hurt yourself un-intentionally? I don’t mean really cause yourself pain, you know like losing a leg, but stub your toe or trap your finger, or cut your finger, or bang your head or poke yourself gently in the eye?
Once, twice, more? It hurts doesn’t it? But not very much and we normally curse ourselves or someone else, or the thing that has conspired against us to cause us harm. Normally this is an inanimate object and most people will shout out that this thing is stupid, whatever it is.
Sometimes these things happen when we are not concentrating, and other times, they happen when we are.
Now, at the top of this piece I said we hurt ourselves un-intentionally. Could something else be in control? Guess what that could be?
What about our brain? Please, stop laughing and hear me out. Our brain thrives on stimulation. The more you use your brain, generally speaking, the longer you will live. That has been proven. It stands to reason really. Now what advantage does the stimulation have on our brain?
Well, an alert brain can help you react, and help you survive. In any situation. A car crash, fire, burglary, an act of violence, anything. The more alert you are, the better your chances.
So how does all this allow me to leap to the conclusion that we deliberately hurt ourselves, and without even knowing it? Very good question.
Well, our brain wants to push, constantly. Everything from our limits, to boundaries, to excitement, to fear, everything. Why? Because then we feel alive.
It’s some of the reasons why people watch horror movies, or go on scary fairground rides. Imagine the dreams we have. Why do they happen? How do they occur? I think quite often it is our brain at play. We don’t use it fully, so when we are asleep it lets loose.
OK, back to lightly hurting ourselves. When this happens, it hurts, adrenalin starts to flow, and for a split second there is a rush of chemicals around our head, and we feel alive, on edge.
I think although we think it is an accident, our brain has done it deliberately.
I know this sounds totally random, but I do think this could be reasonable to assume with thought, and hopefully there is some way to prove it. Maybe an MRI or something? Anyone want to help me prove it?
I think the same can be said for:-
• ‘Accidentally’ dropping a book while pulling out another one from a shelf,
• ‘Accidentally’ leaving something behind
• ‘Accidentally’ banging our car door or car against something or someone else’s
These others I will tackle at another time and I know this all sounds totally odd. This all links with another very bizarre piece on this blog called ‘There is no such thing as an accident…’ which even by my standards, is way out there. It has taken me 4 years to work out what I was trying to say, and now I will attempt, bit by bit, to do so. Incidentally, ‘There is no such thing as an accident…’ has proven to be one of the most popular pieces I have written so at the very least people are intrigued, or curious, or just confused too. Two of these are good.
Mark Scotchford © 01/10/2014