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SoCS: Nerves ~ Correlation is not Cause ~ Peace ~ Dreams ~ and the Wizard of Oz

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The prompt: Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “nerve.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

The first thing that popped into my head was the expression, “You’re about to get on my last nerve.” It isn’t exactly logical, but it’s fun to say. One thing that gets on my nerves, is when someone posts something that suggests a correlation is a cause, like the meme I just saw that had a photo of gas prices in November and gas prices in January with the heading/comment: “Biden’s America.”

To my credit, I did not try to engage in debate, but neither did I pass it by and ignore it, which is sometimes the best thing to do. Here’s my comment:

“In statistics class, we learned that correlation does not necessarily mean cause. There are likely other variables/factors to be considered.”

I do not need to engage in any further discussion that would irritate my nerves. This is why I try not to scroll on FB. I actually want to reduce my time on FB, but every now and then, these things come up. Then I was happy to be able to like and love some photos of her grand daughter.

I’m in training. Besides having a personal (exercise) trainer, I am in training to “practice peace that overpowers darkness.” I know that sounds somewhat presumptuous, but it is practice. I don’t always get it right, especially when things get on my nerves. This idea for peace training comes from the February 11 reading from the daily meditation book, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. I certainly can’t do this practice on my own. But if I connect with the guidance and strength of Jesus and my Creator, I can do my part.

“Nerve” can be used in so many ways: nervous energy, nerves of steel, a bundle of nerves, “You’ve got a lot of nerve!” Then there’s the nerve cells I learned about in college with axons, dendrites, synapses, and all that fading knowledge that I don’t use much, though it could be helpful in cellular imagery for the purpose of meditative healings…..

Where was I going with this? There was something I didn’t want to forget. Oh, in college – The Psychology of Consciousness, all those years ago, was my favorite class. I do recall the dominant theory of dreams being that our sleeping dreams are created by random nerve cells firing while we sleep. But what part of us assigns meaning? And what meanings that mean something important? Though maybe sometimes, they are just random, like the stream of consciousness. But is it really random? There is also a not so dominant theory that when we have a deja vu, we are experiencing something we dreamed since we dream so much that we don’t remember. I mentioned this in my college class. The professor was not impressed. But hey, anything is possible.

The “cowardly lion” in the Wizard of Oz, didn’t believe he had much nerve. But he really did. Or at least he found it.

And Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man that he didn’t already have.

I love this song and the mellow sound.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

20 thoughts on “SoCS: Nerves ~ Correlation is not Cause ~ Peace ~ Dreams ~ and the Wizard of Oz

  1. A good stream. Unfortunately the “Biden’s America” poster probably won’t understand your response.

  2. Weaving many threads into this post, JoAnna. I like your mention of correlation and causation, but you were wise not to join what would have been a pointless debate.

    Good job!

  3. America’s Tin Man is one of my faves!
    Wish you’d sent the correlation/cause explanation to the Impeachment Team. May have saved us money and embarrassment? Great stream!

    • Thank you for this comment, Susan. While I believe in my heart and mind that Donald Trump, at the very least, influenced and reinforced the attack on the capitol, yours is a valid point to consider in any respectful debate or discussion. I can see how the question of causation could be a gray area. I didn’t watch all of the impeachment proceedings, just bits and pieces, but my investigation would include questioning as many as possible who attacked the capitol as to their motivations and what role Donald Trump had in their individual decisions that day. I firmly believe we need to continue to explore those motivations and contributing factors in hopes of preventing future domestic attacks and with the long term goal of healing. My personal goal is to understand different perspectives and respectfully seek common ground. I’m glad we agree on Tin Man and that you liked my stream! 🙂

  4. Excellent post. I’m guilty of the correlation/cause faux pas. Not about gas prices but other things. Your response was on point. Maybe the poster will stop and think. Reminds me to do that. Slow down and reason things out.

    I love this song too!

    • Thanks, Jill. I have not seen a response to my correlation/cause comment, so maybe she is thinking. I’m glad you love Tin Man. When I don’t want to get up in the morning, sometimes I listen to America on youtube instead of the snooze button.

  5. Thank you for sharing!!… “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ( Mother Teresa) … 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May the sun shine all day long
    Everything go right, nothing go wrong
    May those you love bring love back to you
    And may all the wishes you wish come true
    (Irish Saying)

  6. Amazing the way one word can take us to so many places and times in our lives! Right now, Texans are going to need lots of nerve to recover from the disaster that has struct their state. When it comes to the divisiveness across our nation, it will take lots of nerve to “practice peace that overpowers darkness.” I join you in that journey ❤

  7. Getting on my nerves was the first thing that jumped in my head too. I recently did a hard purge on Facebook — anyone with posts on their page that supported the Big Steal theory or the Jan 6th attack got unfriended. That helped with the stress!

    • Good for you, Laura! My husband did a similar purge which allows him to scroll in peace. I just don’t scroll, but my phone automatically opens on random home posts. I have mixed feelings about FB.

  8. Great segway to the song…was it by America?

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