Month: February 2020

Mind To Brain

Mind to brain:I have a task for you. Brain to mind:What is it? [Mind outlines task.] Brain to mindOK, let me sleep on it. [Five minutes later]Mind to brain:Did you finish yet? Brain to mind:No [Five minutes later]Mind to brain:Did you finish yet? Brain to mind:I told you, no. Stop hassling me. Let me do my job Mind to brain:I can’t stop thinking about it Brain to mind:What have I told you a thousand times? Let it go: I’m on it. But I can’t do my work with you asking all the time. Just stop it. It’s not hard. Mind to brain:You think so? So how come there are a million self-help books, and talks about meditation and courses on mindfulness? Huh? See, you can’t answer me. [Ten seconds later]Mind to brain:Answer me. Why have you gone quiet? Brain to mind:I am trying to get some sleep. [Five minutes later]Mind to brain:Did you finish yet?

Quiet Protest

Extinction Rebellion quiet protest 23 February 2020 in Cambridge. They marked out an area and sat down, mostly with eyes closed, while shoppers passed by. I asked a man handing out leaflets what he thought of the protesters who had dug up the grass at Trinity College. He said he wouldn’t do it but the protest attracted a lot of media attention. He said 3,000 people had joined in the UK in the last week, I wasn’t sure how much was attributable to the Trinity College protest and I said yes but the media attention had been of the wrong kind. I said people I had spoken to had felt distanced by the action. He was a thoughtful man and he seemed torn over defending and condemning the actions of the other members of ER. We talked about pollution and its relation to climate change. How different from the Trinity College protest. I didn’t feel a strong motivation to join them, but how could I feel anything other than sympathy and fellow-feeling for the people …