We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Hay Wired

When I think of the modern phenomenon of ADD and ADHD, I picture in my mind a pile of hay. If you think of each strand as an electrical circuit in the brain, you can get a of the ADD phenomenon. There are trillions of electrical circuits firing in a child’s brain, which are then hard wired as the child develops into adulthood.

What a child hears and sees repeatedly will determine what he retains, gains, or loses. It is no wonder that one of the dominant career choices for junior high and high school students is to work in connection with some form of video game development. What children see and hear daily is influencing their motivations and their futures.

Furthermore, a child who is sedated with the media will have a greater propensity to think in illogical and disconnected thought patterns. On the other hand, children who read, or are read to, develop a greater ability to think in logically connected thought patterns. Moreover, watching TV generally shifts brain activity from the left side, which is generally responsible for logical thought and critical analysis, to the right side. The right side does not critically analyze incoming messages, but instead triggers a release of feel-good addictive endorphins, influencing a purely emotional response.

Thirty years ago, logical thought and critical analysis was foreign to me. But during the summer of 1980, my life would be radically altered and my mind renewed through the influence of one man and his life-changing words:

“You will be the same today as you will be five years from now, except for the people you meet, and the books you read!” (Find out more here.)

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