Stand there while I’m talking to you

Our brains are constantly telling stories about what has happened to us, what is happening to us, and what will happen to us.

They will do this in their own even when there is no one else there.

But it is oh so much better when there is someone with us. Our brains get to unleash their full narrative force, embellishing, projecting, really getting into their own made up stories.

Except for the odd confirmatory smile, or nod, or grunt, we don’t need much from those inflicted with our fantasies.

In fact the less the better.

Guilt

The concepts of right and wrong, innocence and guilt, are ingrained in us. The idea of free will is deeply cherished.

But what if all of our actions are a result of our conditioning and the stories our brains have made up, without our active participation, about our previous experience? What if they are out of our control?

What if someone does something we consider profoundly unacceptable?

We have the right to remove ourselves and others from harm, but to plunge into the murky waters of sin and retribution leads to individual and collective madness.