One Day Our Brains Will Just Be Normal Organs
We all have a vast collection of "normal" organs such as the heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas. For many of us, in conjunction with an appropriate diet and exercise, we take medications to treat diseases and disorders that affect those normal organs.
I won't see it in my lifetime because I'm 67. However, I hope that one day our brains will be considered "normal" organs. Our brains do respond to exercise, diet, medication and treatment. I want to see our brains receive care and treatment without the stigma, discrimination, and archaic concepts associated with diseases of the brain…the one that offends me the most in 2022:
"You are weak. When the devil perceives you are weak, he takes over and causes Depression, anxiety, mental illnesses…" Uh…NO!
When I had a heart attack, and my cardiac system was "weak" there was no connection with the devil. Angioplasty took place, two of my arteries were blocked, and two stents were implanted.
Our brains are magnificent organs, capable of so much. Yet our brains are truly the last frontier.
I know how weird the following sounds, but here goes.
I had a dream that I was lying on a table. I was encircled by giraffes in lab coats looking down upon me. As they discussed me and my case, they commented on how archaic the treatments were that I was receiving for my depression and anxiety. They were from the future and could not ethically share their "cure."
I shared a dream with you: a manifestation of enzymes, hormones, chemistry and electrical synapses that incorporated a theme, color, conversation, and imagination.
I guess that's all I want to share.
Everyone 's organs are typically the same. The brain is capable of directing and operating all those "normal" organs. It's also capable of creativity, artistry, talking, singing, thinking, reasoning, emotions…ad infinitum. Perhaps the brain is not so normal after all. I want to be perceived as normal.