As anyone knows, the workplace can sometimes take on an atmosphere of profound tedium.
Whether you’re scraping the rust off railings, reviewing the “whereofs” and “heretofores” in an immense contract or just staring out of the window while someone “walks you through” some soul-shrivelling numbers, work can often make life seem a little short on possibility.
When it seems entirely lacking in magic then, just remember this observation.
Dan, a huge fan of James, asks him if the world is improving because more people are able to participate in society than in the past.
James Burke says this:
“One has to remember that at all times, back to I don’t know when, that every healthy human being has about the same number of neurons in the skull – 100 billion. Each one of them has up to 50,000 connecting dendrites, each of which can be in contact with other connecting dendrites up to the same number. Which means that inside the brain a thought can go any one of a number of routes which are larger than the number of atoms in the known universe. And everybody has one.”
How about that for the number of potential thoughts at your immediate disposal!
Enough for you?
Of course, there’s a catch: “We don’t have the tools to free up and use the talents of these massive brains which every single one of us has.”
But also “gradually more and more people are getting their hands on the tools with which to express this wondrous thing inside their heads.”
Did you even know you had a wondrous thing in your head?
It also means that next time you find yourself short of ideas or inspiration – you have no excuse.