The brain is pretty useless and hard to use. It’s really good at the basics, responding to loud noises and other things that might kill you, it’s not bad at the easy stuff 1+1, 2+2 and the like, but beyond that it gets tough. It’s because the brain is essentially lazy, if it’s not going to kill you it doesn’t care, if the answers not easy, it’s giving up.
If and bat and a ball cost £1.10 and the bat costs £1 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?
The Brain throws the wrong answer at you almost instantly, heck I know the answer and it still does it to me.
Thinking is Hard
When was the last time you had a really good think? I personally worry that I’ve never had an original thought in my life. My toddler seems to have a more inquisitive mind than anyone I know. Why? Why? Why? but when is that, for want of a better word, beaten out of us? Why can’t we watch the news and ask Why? Why? Why?
It’s because at some point the mind gets lazy, it finds out enough to keep you alive and loses the will to question. It’s just easier to become a Candy Crush Master (like me) than to actually spend time questioning why the only way out of debt is to cut spending. (it’s not)
It’s easier to like a stupid Facebook post that essentially says “Muslims can bugger off back to their own country” than to think for yourself what this actually means.
It’s easier to say, “Politicians are all liars, I don’t vote!” and walk away with pride that you have uncovered a universal truth than to say “Why do we allow these liars to represent us, how can we do something to change this?”
Lazy is easy, Thinking is hard.
p.s. 5 pence for a ball is a bargain.