Dreams, Names, Hardships and Judging Others

Why do we dream?
No one knows this for sure, but I think this happens because our minds like to stay occupied while our bodies are regenerating.  Since there is no good way to study why people dream and also because our memories tend to fade quickly after we wake up, this may be related to certain circuits in your brain rewiring themselves to take in events and preserve information, thus stimulating neuron activities that manifest as our dreams, but what the hell do I know anyway, as I am not Sigmund Freud.

Do you think a person’s name influences the person they become?
That is quite possible as the boy named Sue grew up to be a tough son of a bitch.

Does hardship make a person stronger?  (example:  What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger)
German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche thought this was true and I tend to agree, but I don’t think this works for continued failure.  If you get up after being knocked down, you may learn to duck next time, but if you keep getting knocked down continuously, the only thing that you will learn is that it is better to stay down and this will make you weaker.

Why do we judge ourselves by our intentions, but judge others by their actions?
Stephen M.R. Covey the American writer and public speaker and the author of the book The SPEED of Trust said this and it makes sense to me.  If we do something wrong, we try to rationalize how we didn’t mean for that outcome to end the way it did, or perhaps that we really did it for some good reason.  However, when other people do something wrong, we never give them that same slack, because we don’t know them as we do ourselves and we just assume that they are wrong.  Everyone is biased on certain issues and we hold ourselves to a different level of accountability than we do for others, so we judge ourselves by our intentions, and others by their actions.

I heard that there is a chance that the Covid19 vaccination might come into my neighborhood and that would make me very happy.

Written for Melanie’s sparksfromacombustiblemind’s Share Your World.

18 thoughts on “Dreams, Names, Hardships and Judging Others

    1. I didn’t read all of the answers, but I did see that you and John Holton also went the same way on this one. I had to go to the association meeting yesterday for that newsletter that I volunteered to be the editor of and that took up a lot of my time.

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      1. I need to get in touch with one more person to wrap up the writing, then I take it to the printer and I have to go back and pick it up, but two other people are responsible for delivering it. It is really a group effort and for now it is fun.

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  1. Does hardship make a person stronger? (example: What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger)

    “My feet are killing me”. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying? I’ve certainly said it more than once this year and I’ll no doubt keep on soldiering on with the pain.
    I’ve had chronic pain for 30 years of my life (not just my feet) and I guess it has made me stronger by not giving into it. It would be nice to be pain free for a day or two though.

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  2. Thanks, Jim for Sharing Your World and some fine comment discussions as well! It’s intriguing to read answers to such questions because the answers are so diverse! No one yet has mentioned Nitschze though. Unique perspective. I never knew he said that originally. Huh. I agree with your explanation, if one keeps getting knocked down over and over again, one either learns to duck or it breaks one. Some folks (I’m in the crowd) are stubborn so and so’s and refuse to stay down OR duck though. I think they call that “insanity in that we keep doing the same things, expecting a different outcome”. Well, I never denied that… Have a great week Jim and good luck in getting the vaccine. Here in Utah? I’ve heard they’ve been refusing to use it on people who we were told were going to be among the first ones vaccinated (after the imperative groups). I have a neighbor who is in her late 70s as is her husband, and they’ve both been refused. On the basis that “it might be needed elsewhere”. WTF? O_o I just don’t ‘get’ it and probably won’t get it either. Fine with me. I plan to stay isolated for the duration.

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    1. I really enjoyed Share Your World this week as I thought that you asked very intelligent questions. I hope you can come up with more like this. I am also an isolated person and I don’t miss getting out, so I can hold off on the vaccine till it becomes more available.

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      1. I’m glad you enjoyed the deeper questions, I have another blogger I follow who echoes your sentiments. I try to mix ’em up because some folks run screaming away from ‘silly’ questions and others do the same if there are ‘deep’ questions…it’s a balancing act. But you knew that, because I’m sure you find the same phenomenon in your music challenges. Now I DID see your great post utilizing “winklepicker” and I’ll be there presently to comment.

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