I’ve engaged in numerous conversations about superpowers (shocking!). Which one is the best (telekinesis), the worst (changing color) and the most popular (flying – especially after the TSA flap).
Have you ever noticed the horrible things flying out of your mouth when you’re startled or angry or frightened? Think of the things you don’t say in such circumstances and imagine those things shooting out of your brain toward anyone in a 20 foot radius. That’s if you’re a broadcast telepath.
Kinda scary, isn’t it?
Have you ever walked past the weird person in the supermarket and thought something unflattering? Have you then realized (hehe!) that is exactly the kind of person likely to be telepathic and to have received your unflattering thoughts? That would be the receiver kind of telepath. Turn the tables a bit and imagine you’re the one receiving those broadcasted thoughts about you.
TT: I categorize my telepaths into broadcasters, receivers and pure. Broadcasters only project, receivers only receive and pure telepaths do both. I’ve given the whole issue a lot of thought since many of my books involve psyonics. Elementals is one of the exceptions.
Telepathy sounds great, but when talking about flawed humans, I sometimes wish we had fewer communication avenues than we do. Then I think about some of the politically correct editing going on around me, and I get nervous again.
TT: No, I don’t know where this post is going, either. Stay with me. I will find a point.
Have you read George Orwell’s 1984? He introduces the idea of “thought police,” along with the government as “Big Brother” and the eternally-shrinking dictionary. Once upon a time, we might have scoffed at our thoughts being edited before we had them. I don’t scoff anymore.
Political correctness teaches us what not to say and therefore what not to think. The body leads the mind, after all. If an action is prohibited, it’s possible for the thought prompting that action to be pre-empted. This is my main take-away from 1984. Perhaps I should create a list of “15 Books That Influenced Me (as opposed to 15 authors).” Orwell’s would be right next to the Bible.
I resist the government – or any human authority – telling me what to think and what to say. Freedom of speech is freedom of thought.
On the other hand, not every thought is worth expressing. Consider our hypothetical broadcaster in the supermarket. Is it worthy to think such unpleasantness about another human, even if that human doesn’t know it? Does it make me a better person to entertain such thoughts, even if I have the right to do so?
Jesus expects us to control our thoughts as well as our actions. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said anyone who is angry with his brother is subject to judgment (Matt 5:21-22) or who looks at a woman lustfully has committed adultery in his heart (Matt 5:27-28). Jesus is concerned with our thoughts whether or not they are shared with anyone else. Our thoughts determine who we are, after all.
Christians are told to “be transformed by the renewing of our minds…” Romans 12:2. In this instance, our thoughts – massaged by the Holy Spirit within us – are brought into line with Jesus’ thoughts. I do not mind my Lord and Savior editing my thoughts. Well, not much, anyway. No point adding lying to my long list of faults.
This is not a prohibitive exercise. To become like Jesus is the main goal for the Christian. We accomplish this by “doing what he commands (John 15:14)” and ultimately by thinking like He thinks. The body leads the mind, the mind leads the body and the Spirit over and within.
These reflections were of course prompted by a thought apparently shared by no one else. At least, it was admitted by no one else. No, I won’t tell you what it is.
Wishing you were telepathic, aren’t ya?