stream of consciousness: unlock the mind

You write because you have an idea in your mind that feels so genuine, so important, so true. And yet, by the time this idea passes through the different filters of your mind, and into your hand, and onto the page or computer screen — it becomes distorted, and it’s been diminished. The writing you end up with is an approximation, if you’re lucky, of whatever it was you really wanted to say.

– Author Khaled Hosseini, “How to Write,” the Atlantic

i have been thinking a lot about this quote. it is such a truthful statement. i can’t tell you how many times i have sat down with an idea and felt like i am getting no where in expressing what it is i am truly trying to convey despite continuing to write about it. in realizing i am not alone in this struggle, i started laughing to myself about how naive we really are. we like to think we know a lot. our senses deceive us to believe that because we can see, hear, smell, feel and even taste things that we can understand. but there is really so much that we don’t know. especially when it comes to people. we trick ourselves into believing we understand situations, conversation and people but all we know is really what we want to know of what has been shared with us. we have no idea of the experiences that go into someone’s thoughts, feelings and decisions. there is a great chasm between what we think we know and reality. there is so much held beyond our reach, even in complete honesty. we can only hold our truth. but when i think of what could be accomplished just in acknowledging our own ignorance, it breaks my heart a little. i know that pride will keep us from true understanding. i know no one likes to admit that they are wrong and the more i think about this i realize that we are probably wrong more than we would ever care to admit. we can only have our ideas.  we can only examine what is given to us. but I think true understanding, enlightenment, is a worthy cause to attempt to unlock the mind, to stretch and expand our horizons. after all, what else in life is more worthy of such an effort?

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