July 11, 2009


the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.

Concise Oxford English Dictionary

This is not a paranormal ability, the understanding comes from experience. From the day we are born our minds are learning, creating connections, and storing important survival knowledge. Our eye give us cues that we are getting close to an edge of a precipice, our noses tell us where there is smoke there's fire and we feel heat as we approach something hot.

We usually don't think of emotion as a sense, but we learn from our reactions to words and deeds, a way to avoid the unpleasant actions. The caustic intonation, the contortion of a face and an aggressive body movement have been learned as a source of distress.

When everyone has been hardwired, so to speak, why do some people have to be smacked in the face with an action, to believe what others have been intuitively saying?

1 comment:

ZIRGAR said...

We have such a long way to go to become a post-racial nation that it's not even funny. Unfortunately there are still plenty of incidents like these to give people pause to think about just what needs to be done to make things better racially. In many ways things aren't anywhere near as bad as they used to be, but in many other ways things have gone backwards. I have faith that things will get to where they need to be, but apparently we have a ways to go yet.