Happy Friday the 13th 2020!
I LOVE Harry Potter books. I own every one in hard cover and paperback and have read them all many many times; I've even seen and enjoyed most of the movies. I also love the story of the author, J. K. Rowling. Inspiring!
One of my favorite parts is when Harry is in his 4th year Defense Against The Dark Arts Class, learning how to defend against the Unforgivable curses. The Imperius Curse takes over your mind and makes you do whatever the person who cursed you tells you to do. No will of your own, no way to resist except...... you can! Harry could. He just said to the command, "why, though?.... No, I don't think I will, thanks." (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 15)
We live in such a connected world, something can happen and we can know about it (or someone's perspective of it) within seconds, all the way around the world. "Digital marketing experts estimate that most Americans are exposed to around 4,000 to 10,000 ads each day." (Forbes.com) ADS! That isn't counting all of the news stories, social media posts, conversations and other messages that are flooding into our brains.
It's very easy for anyone to think of something or see something and report it as fact, with little or no attention to the actual truth. It's even easier to take this information on faith and just react. If the reaction is laughing or hugging or sharing something sweet, awesome. But if the reaction is terror, dread or anger.... well you've been Imperiused.
Our brains are built with a special gift for seeking out negative, threatening things. This is for our survival. Like our own built in Imperius curse.
But we can fight this by just saying..... hmmmmm, I don't know about that. That doesn't quite make sense. I think I'll do my own thinking, research, fact-finding and choose my own reaction, thanks very much. I can and will resist the Imperius Curse and think for myself, even if the whole entire world thinks something different. Harry was the ONLY person in his class who was able to resist the curse. You might be the only person you know who can. Do it anyway.
Happy Friday the 13th!
Expecto Patronum! Chase away all the darkness with your happy shining light, your very own Patronus.
I love you and I know you're going to be way better than ok, you're going to be outstanding!
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