Those of you who have watched the Munnabhai series of movies will agree with me that he is one of most lovable characters in Hindi cinema and though all of us might not agree with some of his methods (including how he achieved MBBS) there is no doubt that he is a good role model. An example of someone who has a reason to be happy in every situation. I will gladly switch my situation in life with his.
The bonus of being Munnabhai is also the company of the equally lovable Circuit (his side-kick).
Allow me to go tangentially across to discuss circuits.
Despite the immense processing power of human brain, it resorts to certain heuristics (rules-of-thumb) to quicken decision making (a good example of the irrepressible human laziness). I like to think that heuristics are a result of “brain circuits”.
For example, because of a certain inborn brain circuit, criticism heuristically triggers self-defense as well as retaliation.
The wonderful thing is that brain circuits can be modified.In fact, most of my blogs and all of Koenig Ethos are based upon an assumption that it is within human capacity to modify our reactions to situations (i.e. change brain circuits).
Some of the circuits that I have managed to identify and change are:
A well accepted theory of neuroscience states – “neurons that fire together, wire together”. If we are able to deliberately manage a certain response to a certain situation and repeat it often enough, the relevant neurons will wire together and start firing together if any one of them is stimulated. Human Brain is plastic, not elastic. Once a new circuit has been created it lasts.
Most unhappiness can be avoided by creating new brain circuits. For example, the following brain circuit:
I think we can achieve the state of happiness of Munnabhai only with a supportive and subservient Circuit. What do you all think?