YOU USE ONLY 10 PERCENT of your brain.
Have you ever heard that? Its nonsense. You and I use our
whole brains. Ask any neurologist. There are no idle parts of
the brain, no brain cells sitting around unused. For example,
there are neurons in your brain stem whose job is to immobilize
your body while youre dreaming so you dont physically
act out your dreams and get up and run into a wall. Every part
has its function.
Idiot-savants can be a genius at one thing,
like mathematical calculations or music, but they pay for it
with a corresponding deficit in other useful attributes, like
getting along with others. What happens is that one function,
like mathematical ability, takes over a larger percentage of
brain tissue commandeers it, so to speak, usually as a
result of a brain injury at birth but whatever other ability
that part of the brain is normally used for goes wanting. What
you often get are geniuses that cant have a decent relationship
or tie their shoes or control their emotions.
All those abilities require brain space,
and theres just barely enough with none to spare. Nature
did not equip us with a bunch of extra brain cells. As it is,
the brain is as big as it can get and still (barely) make it
through the birth canal. If it were any bigger, normal births
would be impossible.
You could learn more, do more, be
more, for sure. But there is always a trade-off. You could use
every spare moment, for example, listening to language tapes,
and thereby learn ten more languages in your lifetime. But it
would have consequences. Youd have less time to socialize,
for one. And that would have other, possibly negative, consequences.
You could work all the time, always
improving yourself at every moment of the day, but no play makes
Johnny a dull boy. Its a trade-off. Balance is the key.
So dont feel bad that youre
not maximizing your full potential. Devote some time
to your betterment, but also relax and enjoy the ride. Youre
alive on the planet, breathing air and capable of communicating
with other fellow travelers. Enjoy it.
Improve yourself, but also relax
and enjoy the ride.