Inhibitions v. Abilities

After much con­sid­er­a­tion into mat­ter psy­cho­log­i­cal, spir­i­tu­al and phys­i­o­log­i­cal, I have reached a con­clu­sion that has giv­en me a per­spec­tive that I find to be a breath­tak­ing cor­rec­tion. I read Oliv­er Sacks Musi­cophi­la last year (my seri­ous first brush with neu­ro­science) and those seeds slow­ly ger­mi­nat­ed until a cou­ple weeks ago, when I had an intense soul search­ing adven­ture. As suc­cinct­ly as I can, I will state it below:

The mind is not a sys­tem con­struct­ed of abil­i­ties and learned behav­iors that can be aug­ment­ed, but rather a col­lec­tion of inhi­bi­tions and bar­ri­ers that can be sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly removed.

This may not be rev­o­lu­tion­ary to some peo­ple, but in some strange way this rev­e­la­tion has giv­en me a great amount of relief and hope. Can any­one per­haps com­pare this to an exist­ing phi­los­o­phy? I’m not aware of any, and this idea seems new to me, but I’m sure some­one else has got­ten here cen­turies ago. Not that I would have liked to have been told about pri­or to now, for I feel that arriv­ing at it on my own makes for a supe­ri­or mor­tar in my mind.

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