Alright, I’m going to lay something out about my inability to draw so that I can set people straight on the idea that if you try hard enough or long enough you can do or learn anything. I’m getting tired of people always insisting this about me and my art abilities (or any abilities to be exact), so I’m writing this in order to inform people they are wrong to assume anyone can do anything and explain the circumstance with my drawing ability.
First off, I’ll tackle the issue I have with the assumption that practice makes perfect all the time and hard work with perseverance allows you to achieve anything. This idea is seemingly grounded in the Quaker mentality of always working hard; something that has transitioned into modern U.S.A. culture. But as neuroscience continues to progress and unravel the mysteries surrounding the mechanics of the brain, it is finally known that people are limited in what they can natural do and struggle with doing. It is still unknown what effects the brain’s physiological development and how those things do effect its development, but it can certainly be said that part of the answer lies in the person’s chromosomes. Certainly the answer to how a person’s brain will develop is locked within the coding sequence of chromosomal pairs. If this is true and the main aspect of the development of the brain is all within a person’s gene sequence, then that would completely dispel the concept that persistence in trying, trying hard enough, and maintaining a positive attitude towards gaining a desired skill or ability as a way for people to lean to do anything. For if the brain develops in a way that allowed for the larger and smaller growth of specific areas relative to abilities and skills like drawing, writing, mathematics, speaking, dancing, and many others, then the person would have a limited capacity for gaining proficiency in those skill and ability areas. Sometimes people are born with naturally altered brain chemistry that replaces or shifts certain areas of the brain normally assigned to perform certain actions with ease (like blinking or breathing) with another area of the brain that is normally reserved for acquired abilities (like reading, mathematics, or other skills). When this happens, the person is considered to be hyper capable with that ability. This is known to be the case with certain mathematicians who can perform complex mathematical equations in their head at the speed of instinctual thought. It may even be a similar case with some of history’s more famous geniuses like Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, Wolfgang Mozart, and Nikola Tesla.
But what this hypothesis can’t explain are the rare cases of people having seemingly no aptitude or ability to perform a skill at one moment, while suddenly being able to learn and perform that very same ability with great ease and skill with little change in circumstances. Perhaps the only rational scientific explanation for this, while sticking to the idea that people are born with limited capacity for learning, is that the synapses in the brain were previously inactive for some reason and preventing use of the part of the brain that allowed for the use of that skill or ability. This would allow for the person to have had a large capacity for said skill or ability but not be able to perform it. But then there must be a reason why the synapses became active again. This is most likely due to some chemical reaction in the brain. However, there would have to be a further cause for this chemical reaction to take place. What chemicals are reacting and what is producing these chemicals? That is the key to understanding this mystery.
I have little knowledge of the glands of the human body, but it is likely that it is through activating these glands that the chemicals are produced and the activation (or reactivation) of the brain’s synapses is occurring. Something like sheer determination could be one way of activating these glands but that can’t be the case since everyone with determination is still not able to gain their desired skill or ability. It must be some accidental brain signal that happens through determination that the glands are activated. If this is the case then gaining skills through motivation and determination are no more than gambles.
An alternative method of reactivating the glands (and one that is highly controversial by western science) is through meditation. It can’t be coincidence that the 7 chakra points on the body line up with the 7 glands of the body that run through the center of the torso and head. Some of these glands are used to produce chemicals that aid in the development of the body while young and shut down once puberty has been reached or finished (like the thymus gland producing T-cells). Control over the pituitary gland, located just behind the bridge of the nose (also the same area where magnetite is found in the body), might be all that is needed to assert control over the brain’s synapses (the pituitary gland controls and relays signals between the brain and body).
The act of meditating and unlocking the chakra points of the body is one that possibly utilizes what science calls subtle energy. Subtle energy is natural electromagnetic (or acoustic) energy that occurs in the body and is even generated by the planet and nature (in nature flowing water acts as a conductor for electromagnetic energy). If meditation allows for control of the body’s natural electromagnetic pulses then it would theoretically be possible to activate, deactivate, or even reactivate the glands individually or simultaneously.
This is my stance on the issue of acquired abilities and I stick by it as a possibility and likelihood. I am open to comments on my idea but do not simply lash out of hatred or disbelief. Have substantial reasoning for why you may disagree with something. And if you agree, that’s nice too.
Now, for my second reason of writing this journal (about damn time I stopped droning on about that science stuff). I can only draw real things that are in front of me but never anything cartoonish for some reason. I have taken many years of art and drawing classes to try and acquire the ability to create the images I see in my mind but none of that worked to my desired outcome. I’ve even had friends, who can draw art very well (both realistic and anime/cartoon style), tutor me and give me advice on how to draw the things I want to draw. But even this has not been of any true help since I still cannot draw from imagination. I can perfectly copy art just by looking at it, yet if that art is in the anime/cartoon style I can’t accurately copy it; it turns out looking like something completely different (usually something more realistic looking). I seem literally incapable of drawing the way I want to. My only thought as to why is pretty much stated in the long explanation of neuroscience above. But put shortly and in normal terms, my brain is just not wired for it.
But not being able to draw my imagination doesn’t mean I have to give up on ever allowing people to see it. I managed to learn to overcome the sever writers block that had been hindering me since first grade (possibly an example of reactivating synapses and gaining access to the writing section of my brain’s lobe for acquired abilities). Now I can write descriptive imagery that allows people to invasion my own imaginative art. This skill of descriptive writing is always under improvement but is at least some way to transmit my imaginative images to paper so that others can see, read, or feel them.
7 years ago
30 Dec 2011 05:28 CET