“Studies have shown that assiduous instrument training from an early age can help the brain to process sounds better, making it easier to stay focused when absorbing other subjects, from literature to tensor calculus. The musically adept are better able to concentrate on a biology lesson despite the racket in the classroom or, a few years later, to finish a call with a client when a colleague in the next cubicle starts screaming at an underling. They can attend to several things at once in the mental scratch pad called working memory, an essential skill in this era of multitasking”—Hearing the Music, Honing the Mind: Scientific American - Why we shouldn’t be cutting music classes for our kids. (via jtotheizzoe)
“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”—Albert Einstein (via silversouled)
But Lazy Moon gave me a free beer today. As a 20-year-young man, I was elated by the fact that this mistake not only allowed me to legally break the law, but do it free of charge. By the way, thanks Alan for making this mistake happen.
The Switch-a-roo Word Game for You Writers and Comedians and the Likes
Ima posta sentence and I want ya’ll to reblog it and change the positions of the various words in said sentence. Rules are that you can’t change the tense, but punctuation, plurals, and parts of speech are fair game. Don’t add or subtract any words, turds.
When Billy exited the ranch, it was obvious he left something by the horses.
Example: The horses exited Billy’s left something, it was obvious: “He by the ranch when…”
I believe in a shallow society, it is perfectly acceptable to feel nothing at all. Emotion becomes trivial. We’re dealing with the reality of imposed religion, false beauty, dead ethics, and the like. Desensitization remarks. We’re fed everything, rather than coming up with our own world.
In India, which happens to almost be on the exact opposite side of the planet from my little love shack (apartment) here in Florida, religion (spirituality even) teaches free thought and looking inward for answers. I think in this western world, we’ve found prayer to be a trivial pursuit of wants and desires, rather than ways to actually solve any problems.
The question, I would think, becomes this:
Does God need us to pray or do we need us to pray?
I think the answer lies in all form of belief. An atheist’s beliefs can be shallow, even more material and relinquished to ignorance due to the idea of media and social construction. However, when we begin to pick and prod, things begin to appear.
I would rather feel nothing than feel happy for something like finances or status or rewards. These are all fleeting things. Things that can be taken away or morphed into something overtly grotesque, perhaps even detrimental.
I think the really happiness lies somewhere outside of ourselves. Maybe it’s knowing that a smile isn’t required.