The human mind is the most complex machinery known to humankind. It is a celebration of the exuberant mysteries of nature. It holds us prisoner and liberates us from miseries amidst difficulties. The conceptualization of thought and creating it, in reality, is the basis of our society. The brain helps us perceive reality and fiction comes in the dominion of reality due to our will. We become social animals due to our intellect, but every coin has two sides.
The Dark Sides of Mind
The brain is the factory of thought. Sometimes the ideas of the mind can be very dark and dingy. A young child named Mary Bell in 1968 committed a series of murders. She was just 11 years old where innocence prevailed over the hardships of life. This child came from a broken home with a teenage sex worker as her mom and her father a criminal.
It is hard to comprehend such a fact that an eleven-year-old child can be a cold-blooded serial killer. A person’s thought is very subjective to them.
It is unfathomable that the mother first tried to kill her child, then sexually abused her at the age of 4 onwards by her clients. An innocent and naive child of this tender age was subject to the torture, which no criminal should have faced. A mentally sick person for her avarice through her child to demons and cajole her into this flesh trade.
Mary Bell strangled two boys in a short period and she served 12 years in prison and released at the age of 23, her identity is anonymous to date. A person who is subject to inhumane conditions tends to be more susceptible to developmental disorders. The mind is capable of incredibly sick things.
The Positive Sides of Mind
As our thoughts can turn dark as coal there are also some people that despite their brain went haywire and against them, it was unable to stop them from doing incredible things.
John Forbes Nash Jr is a mathematician whose research was the key contribution of various theories of mathematics such as game theory, differential geometry, etc. The discoveries made by him have been instrumental in decision making in everyday life. He developed schizophrenia, which became apparent when he was in his 30’s, during lectures he tended to go in reveries. He started to disappear for days without explanation.
As his mental state deteriorated significantly, and at one point in time he declared himself as the leader of the peace movement. Princeton University was deferential to Mr. Nash and allowed him to work whenever he was in a good state. The odds which he suffered were enormous, but as he started to question his delusions, he started to get more insight. Due to which his mathematical prowess gained him a Nobel memorial prize in mathematics in 1994. The constant visits to the mental hospitals and psychiatrists did not stop him but helped this genius man instead.
The human mind is capable of doing incredible things in both — good and bad ways. It is either the case of Mary Bell or Mr. Nash, it has shown us that our thoughts sometimes deride and despot our existence. The world is either a sick place or a beautiful paradise. It is what it seems due to how we filter it through the lens of our thoughts.
The person who has developmental orders can be a result of brutal treatment. They can be dangerous, but do give a thought that whom we think is menacing is not due to the result of our indirect actions because if the world is a sick place then we are also an integral part of society.
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