The Chains of Complexity

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Dr. Bearen explains the simplicity of a "free" speech means more than a complexity.

((WARNING: This is a more informative piece. I have never done one like this before and it is a lot more scientific and may be hard to understand.))

"I am a prisoner of my own thoughts.

My deepest depths of my subconscious scare me. 

My fears overtake me.

My decisions decide for me.

Others tell me what I can and can't do. 

People tell me what I should and should not believe.

Media tells me what I am suppose to or not suppose to look like.

But that isn't me. Not any of it."

I take a deep breath, inhaling the odorless oxygen. It floods my lungs and relaxes my stressing mind.

I continue. 

"Who am I? 

Why am I here?

Am I suppose to be a person who is persuaded by society's image of 'perfection' and 'beauty'?

I am not their toy. I am not their plaything.

I am who I am.

But who I am isn't really what I feel I am.

I am what society has made me to think and to be.

I have at one time lost myself to these external influences that are placed upon a high pedestal and given the name 'god'. 

For that very reason is why my very mind scares me.

I fear for my own well-being. And the well-being of others.

I fear... for our very minds.

They have been convinced by our own interpretations of the meaning of abstract concepts and words that describe a person.

They have developed this thinking that affects us both physically and mentally."

I gaze out into the sea of my peers.

"Our minds. They are the most complex structure known to man. More complicated than the infinite measures of space and time. More detailed than the molecular structure of deoxyribonucleic acid chromosomes. More skilled than even the fastest and most powerful machines. Yet, they can be so easily manipulated."

I pause.

"I dislike the visualization of our takes on what a person is made to be or how to feel.

I criticize the environment that we as people have grown up in. 

I worry for future generations and their offspring.

We have been trapped. 

And we will remain trapped until we break the chains of bondage.

It is not until then that we will become truly free. 

Thank you."

Crowds of people in the gathering hall, at one point silence, now roar and clap for my speech. I casually bow, letting the strays of my ponytail fall softly. I look back up and leave the stage. I take my seat next to a professor of Yale, clapping for me as well.

"I never thought you would take a more simplistic and casual route to explain the complexities of the brain and the mind." He stated. "Coming from a top Harvard student with all honors and becoming a successful neurologist, and yet, giving a simple speech that was opinion-based is frankly shocking."

"It is like I say, Professor; to get a clear point across, one must use a clear explanation that would not only benefit fellow colleagues, but the very foundation this society stands upon." I respond. "My message and opinion got across therefore I have accomplished the goal I set out to achieve in the first place. Everyone receives a benefit. Confusing and long words used out of context would not further my argument now would they?" 

"I agree with you. But at times, especially giving a casual presentation at a high-educated conference, isn't that a bit much?" He says.

"You say so, but I would rather give a speech with meaning than a speech that is meaningless with words that are useless to me. I prefer to choose words that emphasize my claim. If I were to make it as complicated as you would have wished, then I would have not been able to have put my all into it and left a mark on others. People will remember the simplicity of my speech and why I took that approach. That is what I want. No fancy words or confusing arguments or different tangents. I just wanted a basic explanation of the brain. Why make it more complex when the brain itself is already?"

"There is just no arguing with you." He replies, chuckling a bit to himself. He then turns his attention the the next presentation.

I sit in my chair, fidgeting a little bit. I just could not pay attention to the next speech.

Afterwards, there was a press conference. I was taken to a chair along a lengthy table. There were at least ten other chairs besides mine. Once each doctor or specialist of their field had taken their seats, the presenter would start taking questions that would be asked of the doctors.

The first question taken was by a young male reporter. He looked roughly around the age of 25 or so and with him, another man holding the camera. The presenter called on him.

"Hello. My question is for Dr. Bearen." He paused so the people around him could be silenced.

"Hello." I say.

"Hi. Dr. Bearen, first let me say that your speech was incredible. Different from any other speech given tonight. What many of us found unusual was the way you presented and the words you used in the piece. I'm sure we are all well aware of the difficulty it is to explain the brain but please tell us a bit more about why you explained it the way you did."

I took a deep breath. "I did not make it simple just because I wanted to. There was a specific reason I did what I did. But my question to you is, sir, did you understand my presentation?"

"Yes." He replies.

"Then there is my reason." I looked to the other reporters, eagerly writing on their notepads. "I gave this speech in order that not only you, my fellow colleagues up here, and professors would understand, but that people would as well. People who are not what many scholars call "elite". Everyone deserves to know about the brain and/or other parts. It doesn't have to be so complicated that one has to look up every single lengthy word in a Webster Dictionary. I wanted to give a simple speech and that was that."

"Okay, next question." The presenter says. He points to a oversized man wearing a black suit. 

"Yes. My question is yet again for Dr. Bearen." He stated.

"Yes." I replied.

"Again, your speech was not like what has ever been at this conference. How do you feel your colleagues took it?" He questioned.

"I am not the right person to be asked, but rather," I raised my arm and pointed to all of them. "they should be."

After many more questions went by, we came to the last one.

"Hi Dr. Bearen." A young girl said. "My name is Meredith Hunt. I know many have asked you questions regarding your speech and your views. But I must ask how you would describe your speech in possibly one word."

I paused to think. And after carefully analyzing the possibilities, I found an answer. "Meredith, what a question. To make me choose one word out of the millions there are in the English language. I would say 'Free'. The reason being is because it is free of unnecessary remarks or words. It is what it is. It wrote itself. I am just the deliverer. My general topic was to explain the brain in a unique way that affects society and people, and I decided a 'free' approach."

I smile at her. "To be 'free' of such words and difficulties, it is a relieving feeling. I can say what I want and not be so technical about it. There is a time and place for using such words, but for this particular speech and topic, I choose a different idea. A more simple idea."

I laugh. "A more 'free' idea."

Submitted: December 10, 2014

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