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Psychology hurts my head. And hands. And feet.
2007. Earlier today I found myself suddenly
under attack. My defences down, I was relaxing while watching
snooker on the telly, blissfully unaware of what was about to happen. Then
this happened: I was attacked in my own home!
It wasn’t masked assailants coming in through windows, or
armed combatants hiding in the bathroom.
Nor was it ninjas, intent on capture, or an escaped tiger in search of
lunch. It was a far more unpredictable character than all these people. It
was that great judge, jury and executioner, Karma. Who knows what I did,
look at a warthog the wrong way or something probably. Or slept with
someone’s wife, I don’t remember the full details.
As I ventured into the kitchen in search of snacks, I opened the fridge
door. Spying no treats, I closed it again, and wheeled backwards to continue
the hunt. Then – SMACK! – my head rebounded against the door of an
inexplicably open cupboard above. Temporarily
infuriated, I smashed it with my hand. Caught the metal knob a
real treat. Queue more excruciating pain. I fled the scene as retreat seemed
to be the best course of action. Escaping back rapidly to the sanctuary of
the microcosmical Crucible that is my bedroom, my foot snagged the side of
my chest of drawers.
Something was happening. Pain kept on happening to
me no matter what I did. The bed I thought, get to the bed where
there’s no sharp objects, I will be safe there. And indeed I was as it turns
out. Feeling angry and sorry for myself in equal measures, I lay there
waiting for the pain to subside, sans the aforementioned snacks.
What was notable about this series of unfortunate happenings was the fact
that in each case I had developed an almost instantaneous reactionary
strategy to combat the pain. My first reaction was, however irrationally, to
violently hit out at the cause of the pain by punching the cupboard door.
The second plan was to flee, and finally, as my toes were
dealt a severe stubbing, I quickly decided
that retreat to soft ground was what was required, where there was the least
chance of more pain being dished out.
this is as a result of basic human instinct. I think all animals will
naturally react when they believe themselves to be in peril or under attack.
Yet in each case my natural inclination was exactly what caused the next
piece of damage to happen. Does that make us all
stupid or just me? I’d like to think maybe the whole of
creationism is at fault here in order to reduce the amount of personal
derision attributable to myself.
If I’d simply done nothing, I would have been fine. I would have been
nursing a cracked head but would have avoided the numb hand and bruised
foot. There are probably loads of situations where people have negatively
influenced their situation by stupid on the spot decision making. Nature is
dumb but people, with their posh craniums,
need not be.
Hey Nature. Here’s something you don’t appear to know. Doing nothing is also
a reaction – think next time please!
Maybe if everyone just stopped to think rather than reacting to stuff in
this way we’d all be a little better off. And we’d all have less
Such is life, for what it is.