For one of my novels, I studied mental retardation. I looked up my Webster’s Dictionary. It offered synonyms for moron:
“…airhead, birdbrain, blockhead, bonehead, bubblehead, chowder head, chucklehead, clodpoll or clodpole, clot, cluck clunk, cretin, cuddy or cuddie, deadhead, dimbulb, dimwit, dip, dodo, dolt, donkey doofus, dope, dork dullard, dumbbell, dumbhead, dum-dum, dummkopf, dummy, dunce, dunderhead, fathead, gander, golem, goof, goon, half-wit, hammerhead, hardhead, ignoramus, imbecile, jackass, knownothing, knucklehead, lamebrain, loggerhead, loon, lump, lunkhead, meathead, mome, idiot, mug, mutt, natural, nimrod, nincompoop, ninny, ninnyhammer, nit, nitwit, noddy, noodle, numskull or numbskull, oaf, pinhead, jprat, ratbag, saphead, schlub or shlub, schnook, simpleton, stock, stupe, stupid, thickhead, turkey, woodenhead, yahoo, yo-yo…”
The antonyms were two: “brain” and “genius”.
The next day I looked up the King James Bible. There I read the following verse.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him.” Genesis 1:27
I was also assured that, “male and female created he them”. That us, boys and girls, we’re in this together.
Now, according to Mr. Noah Webster’s listing, the ratio of morons to geniuses is 87 to 2. He doesn’t say which of these are created unto the image of God, with or without a capital ‘G’. All of them? That wouldn’t say much for God.
Or could it be that, in spite of Leonardo da Vinci’s visions, the Bible was talking about something quite different from the assurances we get from religious preachers?
I suggest that the characteristics that we inherit from ‘gods’ (biblical Elohim is plural) have nothing to do with the teaching of any religion. What the Bible intends to convey is that the creative process is dependant on, and is the result of, our thoughts. We, humans, like gods, are granted the privilege of creating our own, private, subjective reality, which we are free to regard as real. No matter how idiotic, no matter if it consists of almost exclusively empty space, we are free to consider it true. We are the creators.
The reality, of course, is our state of consciousness.
Unfortunately Webster’s Dictionary doesn’t explain why the world is in such a mess. If we were to take Mr. Webster seriously, we’d conclude that:
“Morons marry morons to create more morons…”
The Dictionary doesn’t explain that our thoughts, including thoughts we direct at other people, create the reality we live in. For as long as we assign 87 negative traits to every 2 positive ones regarding our neighbours, regarding people everywhere, this world will reflect our thoughts. It cannot be otherwise. Once our thoughts get anchored in our subconscious, they determine the precise nature of our world. We are the sole creators of our reality. We have the power to create the world in the image and likeness of our thoughts. After all, we are gods. Remember?
From that day on I decided that the protagonists in my novels would live up to the Human Potential. They would be geniuses. Find out for yourself.
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