Having a sound mind, a reasonable and well-functioning mind is probably the most important yet the most under-rated gifts of life. Everything you own in life- money, family, and even life itself, have value because you have the right conscious mind to feel and appreciate it.
If you’ve ever been to a mental asylum, you’ll immediately realize what I’m talking about.
Being sane and having a sound mind is probably the greatest asset we have in our life.
The shock treatments the patients need to undergo, the medications that they take and the side effects that accompany them, all combine to make it a hell on earth as they lose their sense of self, identity, and clear thinking.
Also, if you’ve watched ‘The Shutter Island’ or ‘One that flew over the cuckoo’s nest’ or ‘The Beautiful mind‘ you can immediately empathize with the mentally sick. It’s even worse for those that are wrongly convicted of being insane.
For more movies, that demonstrate the struggles of the asylum check here.
Most people can’t tell the difference between reality and delusion and sometimes the medications make it even worse.
Here’s a heart-touching scene from ‘The Beautiful mind’
As a matter of fact, millions of people around the world suffer with Autism, Alzheimer’s and many of the 200 and more mental illnesses and learning disorders. These illnesses deprive the cognitive ability to even read and understand this and the pity is that most people even don’t know they’re suffering.
Furthermore, try to visit an asylum near you and all your “problems” in life will suddenly disappear as you realize how fortunate you really are to have a sound mind and clear thinking.
Finally, as Michio Kaku said:
The most complex object in the known universe: brain, only uses 20 watts of power. It would require a nuclear power plant to energize a computer the size of a city block to mimic your brain, and your brain does it with just 20 watts. So if someone calls you a dim bulb, that’s a compliment.
Have a reason to be grateful?
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