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The struggle between an emotional and reasonable reaction
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      All the way from tic tac toe, to football, to economic competition, to war, we humans function like volcanoes - sometimes quiet, sometimes erupting in violence, sometimes only over a game (riots after soccer games).
      As a cannon-balling diver splashes everyone within reach, so the issue of violent language has splashed all of us as a result of the shootings in Tucson - some defending violent language as metaphorical and some decrying it as hurtful. The cheerleaders bellow it, "Fight! Fight! Fight!" politicians declare it, "I'll fight for you!" as if lining up cannons (and canons) to kill the enemies. Like a movie projector, our brains use words which fit best what is within and project outwardly onto the screen of life our feelings and thoughts-therefore the fight must be within, like red-hot magma beneath the surface.
      And what is the "fight" within our brains? If we read the clues from our written and published media (including movies), the dominant themes are "live vs. die," "love vs. losing love and hating," with "love" and "die" linked as in dying for love.
      Indeed, neuroscientists describe our brains needing love to live and continually monitoring our bodily chemicals to keep them balanced and keep us alive and not die, including the brain
      With positive emotional input (love) fueling the brain, the battle is between living and dying; and we project it outwards seeking to resolve external conflicts hoping it will quiet the internal conflicts. The cognitive function of our brains seeks an answer to what will make us live and not die and in its deceptive ways can choose from many avenues one way as the only way, whether it be religious, economic, political or whatever.
      As I have come to understand this internal struggle within my brain over living vs. dying and that my brain projects it outwardly, I have discovered I find it easier to work on resolving external problems of water, money, energy, food, health care and love.
Robert DeWester

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