Simple question is the brain hardware or software and why?
Answerâ€¦I have no clue. But unfortunately I had insomnia last night. So here is what I was thinking about:
I was reflecting on my mom. She had a stroke when she was my age. I was about 12 at the time. Strokes by definition cause brain damage. Her stroke left her left side paralyzed and deaf in her right ear. She regained most of her mobility, but remains deaf in the right ear. The more subtle change is a point of debate between my sister and me. Her personality changed. She became kind of mean and self centered. Not to a monstrous extent, but definitely noticeable. My sister and I were the initial targets. Since moving out my dad has become the focus of her wrath.
I also reflected on my motherâ€™s roommate in the hospital. She was in a car accident and had hit her head on the steering wheel. She swore like a sailor and threw anything that was not nailed down at people walking in the room. My dad spoke with some of her family. Before the accident, she was a shy preschool teacher.
Finally I was ruminating on Jesusâ€™ assertion in the Sermon on the Mount that we should not judge.
Here is my thought. I think the brain is mostly hardware, a storage device of sorts, ROM. I wonder if our soul is RAM or the â€œcoreâ€ operating instructions. If that is the case, then what we observe in other people is simply the brain and body carrying out instructions. If you have a good brain, the mind/body should reflect your core intent. But if you have bad wiring, for whatever reason, then your actions may not reflect your core being.
If that is the case (and I could be full of crap), then no wonder Jesus tells us not to judge. We have no way of measuring intent. For instance, under normal circumstances, Tim would probably never kill. But offer him cobbler, and who knows what he might be capable of. But that would not reflect his core being, just a weird cobbler anomaly.
Carrying this point a bit further, maybe that is part of what prayer is all about. In the movie Shadowlands, CS Lewis is asked why he prays as his wife is dying. Clearly prayer was not changing Gods mind. Lewis makes a little quip that I think is profound. He says about prayer, â€œIt doesnâ€™t change God, it changes me.â€ Maybe much of what prayer does is put us in touch with our core being, who we are beyond the 3 pounds of meat floating in our skulls. At our core we are etched with the image of God. Part of prayer is just receiving operating instructions (Part being the key word. Prayer is much more than that. Here meâ€¦PART).
Anyway I need more coffee or I am not going to make it through the day.