‘The Answerer’ picked up this question while watching a kids TV show that explained what doctors, hospitals and nurses do and explain it all to kids. I liked the show.
A boy about ten years old asked the doctor: “Where do our thoughts come from?” and something else that I have forgotten. This is a very intelligent (smart) question indeed and what it does not tell or explain is also important. The doctor replied: “You’ll have to ask a neurologist about that.” How can a boy understand what a neurologist is? Maybe a psychiatrist or psychologist because they deal with the mind and soul. Why, the term ‘neuro’ (nerves and such things) is strange already! (and I’ll bet the doctor did not know the answer-or had not even thought about it at all).
“Where do our thoughts come from?” has a twin (very similar) question: “How come that humans can say, and write down their thoughts and imaginings also?” Animals and birds cannot speak or write like humans can. So – we all have thoughts – but nobody knows what they are until you speak, or write them!! A woman in a university somewhere tried for many years to teach a chimpanzee how to speak and write. She failed. The chimp did a rough tiny bit of drawing but no more. Look up their work on the WWW. And scientists tell us that we have 99% the same DNA but fail to say that the human brain is 30% larger than the chimp’s.
Mr Zig Ziglar (see him on the WWW) said: “It takes 72 muscles working perfectly to speak just one word.” Phew! Wow. What a time for thinking!!!
Two lines of thinking
First: Birds and animals think upon only a few things: food, a safe refuge from enemies, looking after their babies and keeping enemies away. But they also have many other qualities to help them thrive that we do not know about.
Second: Humans think about much more. Humans think and write or design the future. Their houses (refuge), food (chocolate cake, apple pie, and ice cream), about tomorrow, a bridge across a river, a car to travel in, war to kill their enemies because they hate them, and much more, but also, they can love and care for others.
Why such a difference? OUR THOUGHTS!! Birds and animals do not have them. Why is this so? I believe that an intelligent and loving God designed man and women to be able to KNOW God and that means thinking – yes and singing and praying too. Even writing down words and music. Wonderful indeed!
Are other creatures ‘smart’? Yes sir. I recently heard a veterinary (animal) doctor speaking on the ABC radio in Perth. He just loved little creatures. “Goldfish DO NOT have five second memories!” he said. For some time, ‘educated’ humans have shown their ‘skills’ in measuring behaviour and concluded that a goldfish-swimming in a small glass bowl, in a house, do nothing but swim around and around…so have as five second memory! They were taken out of the natural river/stream or lake where they usually live. Of course with nowhere to hide, play or hunt for food so were lonely and lost. And they will swim toward their owner and food giver as soon as they see them. The Vet. told of many such stories –where tiny creatures are very smart indeed.
Speech is NOT done, or happens, without help and examples. At birth babies can only yell...sometimes very loudly. Mums, Dads and siblings (brothers and sisters) are the examples that a child follows. Then later on school to be fully taught how to write, read and learn a lot of things that home does not teach like medical doctors, nurses, dentists and maybe being a teacher.
Only humans have the ‘bits’ for speech: tongue, epiglottis, vocal chords, lips and much more that makes speech possible and speech comes from thoughts. Our own feelings...they come from our soul and our spirit and they become our thoughts – and somewhere – very close to our soul is our spirit...that is the God part of us. The Bible says that: “... God’s word is very sharp, dividing the soul and spirit.” Our spirit can never be killed or die.
When God made humans, He gave them the freedom to think and do good things or bad things.
Every day the ‘The News’ gives us stories of both good and bad thoughts and actions done by people...who are “...made in God’s image and likeness’. (Genesis 3:27 TLB)
This is a huge (very big subject) so I shall not make it any longe, but you think about it – do not simply forget it.