Brain: (n) intellectual capacity
A friend of mine bought a German shepherd. He did so as a means of protecting his house.
Rugby was probably one of the sweetest animals I’ve ever encountered in my life. I was absolutely enthralled with the kindness of this creature, but certainly convinced that Rugby was incapable of guarding anything. He was even patient with the four-year-old child who lived in the house, who was enamored with the animal’s nose, and continually tried to pluck it from his face.
I laughed at my friend when he insisted that Rugby was a replacement for a burglar alarm.
Then one day we went off on a brief shopping trip. As we returned, pulling into the driveway, we heard barking and growling. It sounded very aggressive–frightening to the ears.
Stepping into the house, we discovered a terrified gentleman penned in the corner, held prisoner by a very intimidating Rugby.
Apparently the man had decided to come into the house to steal some items to sell at the pawn shop–only to discover that the house was well protected by a deceptively dutiful German shepherd.
The man begged to have the dog called off.
As soon as my friend called the police, he motioned to Rugby to come to his side, and the family pet returned–with a wagging tail and a panting tongue.
You may ask me what this story has to do with the brain. Here it is:
The brain is like Rugby.
It doesn’t have any natural inclinations of its own, but only brings forth its training when the situation arises.
- If you think being smart makes you generous, you are sadly mistaken.
- If you believe that a formal education causes you to be ingenious, you will be disappointed.
A brain is merely a “thing” until something breaks in, and it does what it was trained to do.
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