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Useful And Fantastic: Waste No Brains

Val Yule says that our brains are our greatest resource and we should make the very best use of them.

Our brains are our most crucial resource. Wasting brains is wasting people. The greatest waste in the world is the waste of brains.

We are all stupid. It is sensible to admit this. How can everyone be less stupid?

We oldies who have taken as much care of our brains as we could, can help the next generation take care of theirs.

And just for brain-game practice--and to save waste of spelling--I have ritten this articl without letters that are not needed in words. U may think it looks awful, but look at each changed word, all the same. See if u think it is would be esier for lerners.

Preventing waste of brains can be done. We can wake up to how they are being wasted today. Two very serious energy crises ahed are crises of human intelligence and crises of mental energy.

Everyone, wherever they are, and whatever they are doing, can take care of their precius brains, and giv them plenty of exercise.

Human abilities have always been wasted through famine, disease, servitude, caste systems and cultural practices. History is a record of human folly as Edward Gibbon said, looking at the Decline of the Roman Empire.

Here is a shopping list to prevent waste of brains.

* Preventing malnutrition makes a tremendous difference to children's brains, even many Australian children who are junk-rich but good food poor.

* Unborn children's brains can be affected by medications, mother's stress, pollution and premature birth.

* Litl children's brains can be rattled by battering, and shaking,. Early childhood experiences can hamper mental development, verbal skills and attitudes to learning. Babies need lullabies, children need adults' conversation and stories, hobbies and free outdoor play--not left-luggage childcare centres, TV baby-sitting, or organized for everything they do. Stimulated too much or too litl, with too much incoherence.

* Most education now comes from screens, not directly in schools. We need Open Primary School, Open Secondary School, Open Technical School, online thinking http://home.vicnet.net.au/~ozideas free Teach Yourself to Read www.ozreadandspell.com.au. Eighty years ago TV was expected to civilise the whole world. Book literacy must be easier to lern. Spelling should be without traps--there are fewer traps in this articl.

* Road accident hedlines should be more about brain damage and spinal injuries, not just about deths. Lads dare to risk deth on the roads, unaware that they are mor likely to survive accidents, but damaged for life. Sports need not be so dangerously aggressiv.

* Self-harm could be made socially unacseptabl, not promoted - binge-drinking, sniffing glue, bombing out, shooting up, being mind-shatterd, zonkd, stoned out, blind drunk. No mor intentional loss of control of mental faculties. Peple are mistaken when they expect complete recovery from episodes of brain-abuse but obvious or subclinical damage to the ability to think affects their future lives.

* Advertise slow sipping of alcohol drinks to enjoy them more. It is not manly to lose self-control. Cannabis 'only affects the highest centrs of the brain', the most vulnerabl and precius of our neural equipment, with effects in daily thinking and energy that ar mor serius than scors on blunt-edgd tests.

* New substances and cultural trends need pilot trials to prove them safe. We know loud noise can cause defness, and flashing lights can trigger epilepsy. Reserch on loud music and raves should check for numbing mental processes, at the time, and for the long term. There may be long-term effects from loud percussion, drumming, discos, raves, and electronic music deliverd constantly direct within the ears. Are the broadcasters themselvs affected by what they broadcast, in dismissing complaints about background noise effects without reserch?

* The intelligence of a few runs our complex tecnological society, but is too specialized. 'Psycological poverty' is increasd by economic poverty, but it also flurishes amid affluence, when peple cannot apply intelligence to the problems of life, and are envius, not proud, of others who use their brains to serve the comunity. Deficient intelligence is shown in consumer behavior, the pitch of mass advertising and entertainment, responses to helth hazards, adult non-copers, fatalistic resignation to situations that should be intolerabl, and susceptibility to flattery that people are intelligent.

* Thinking is hard work, like hard sport to be enjoyd, free for all. Peple with time on their hands--for exampl, thru unemployment or illness--should never rot mentally. In nations of millions of peple, talent is surely not so rare that astronomical salary differentials are needed for top jobs because only three or four are capable enough.

* Intelligence must become popularl because it is so socially valuable, and so that everyone enjoys living at the top end of their intelligence, whatever it may be. Nobody should feel low self-esteem for not being brilliant, but everyone can use what they have. Under-using thinking, our society fails to solv its problems and misses its opportunities. Our brains are our most valuable resource. Wasting brains is wasting peple. The greatest waste in the world is waste of brains.


Wer u able to read this articl without being bothered by the streamlined words without waste of letters? I'd like to know. And what u thought of the ideas. And whether u know any poor readers who could be helpd by esier spelling.


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