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Deja vu

Dear Reader,

Today I would like to share with you my thoughts about déjà vu.

I find myself sitting at a boarding gate. A surprising journey to the land of the rising sun awaits but my flight is delayed for several hours. Passing through duty free, I bought myself an absolutely amazing book, The Cloud Atlas, by British author David Mitchell.

The flight is obviously long and, after reading the first chapters, I found the book thoroughly entertaining and not a simple book, a real masterpiece! The fate of bygone, present and future lives intertwine in a captivating plot.

Prophecy. Dejavú.

“Souls cross ages like clouds cross skies, an' tho' a cloud's shape nor hue nor size don't stay the same, it's still a cloud an' so is a soul. Who can say where the cloud's blowed from or who the soul'll be 'morrow? Only Sonmi [God] the east an' the west an' the compass an' the atlas, yay, only the atlas o' clouds.”

Mitchell David (The Cloud Atlas)

What a book! It is a pity that for most people, paraphrasing Shakespeare, it will be “caviar” — exotic and unaffordable food. I hope that there will come a time when similar books will be the daily bread of all mankind!

I have not held such a book in my hands before. What a treat! Nothing, especially any electronic medium, can compete with or will ever be able to replace a good book. What a divine smell leafing through new pages – a direct chemical attack to the brain! So evocative!

The human brain is capable of many things: of writing magnificent books; solving the most difficult mathematical problems; love; hate; longing and creativity. If one imagined the human brain as some kind of microprocessor created by nature, perfected by evolution, could we then assume that, like any other complex mechanism, it sometimes fails? If this is so, perhaps this malfunction could explain the effect of déjà vu. When someone experiences déjà vu, it seems to them, without doubt, that they have already experienced what is happening before. Modern psychologists describe this effect as a double but non-simultaneous understanding of the same process by the subconscious and conscious mind. If this phenomenon can really be explained away as such and as some modern neuroscientists say, our brain simply plays with us as it likes, what lies behind such failures in general?

Perhaps, déjà vu is a systematically conceived process which, for certain reasons, reboots our brain. If we develop this thought, is it not probable that the proteinaceous twisting substance in our brains can be likened to a hard drive placed before birth uploaded with all of the individual data to be played out throughout life. What do you think, dear reader: can we really change our destinies? Or does the hard drive that we are born with already comprise all information and predetermine our lives from beginning to end?

I have been thinking about this for a long time and with complete confidence I can say this: I reject wholeheartedly the thought that we are mere biological beings, serving our "unconscious". I am, perhaps, a hopeless dreamer, believing as I do that all people are connected to each other by an invisible thread, and that each decision and every action affects not only our own destiny but also the fate of other people and all mankind.

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Prophecy. Dejavú. - Cherkesov Cherkez 2019

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