Do any of you watch Sherlock? The show has an annoying habit of only having three episodes per season, but other than that, it's good fun. Sherlock, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, is an Aspergerish genious who stores all of his knowlede in his massive "mind mansion."
I wish I had one of those.
For one, I could learn languages much more quickly.
Then again, it's not just remembering, or storage space that I need, but a faster processor. Ha. Now we're switching from mansion-speak to computer-speak. But yes, if I had a faster processor in my brain, then I could learn and read and master things much more quickly.
For instance, I've been taking violin lessons for three years now. Although I have progressed, I'm nowhere near anything decent enough to perform, and I haven't had any lessons since I got back from Peru. Part of me says to myself "You are such a slacker. You can't commit. You can't just decide 'I'm going to master the violin' and then master it without practicing." Which is very true. I have to practice.
But then there are the excuses. I don't have the time. I have a cheap, borrowed violin. I live in an apartment where it's hard to practice whenenver I want. And then there's the fact that most people who play violin DO something with it, like play in an orchestra or something. I don't really care about that. I just want to play beautiful music.
A mind mansion would also help me finish the books I'm reading faster. For various reasons, I am currently reading all of these books:
- Monuments Men: And really, if you are going to read non-fiction, there's no point in breezing through it. You read non-fiction to learn about real things. And you don't learn about real things if you breeze through them.
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: This book is much more substantial than I thought it would be, and I want to do it justice. That said, Habit 6 is Synergize, which I just don't know if I can stomach, because I HATE that word. Now I know I can blame Stephen R. Covey for the proliferation of such a stupid, meaningless word. But I suppose it meant something when he used it.
- Turn Right at Machu Picchu: I am the furthest along in this book, for the sole reason that I've been reading it the longest. It's good, but it seems to go on forever, and I wish it would just end already. But, like my hike up Juayna Picchu, I'm too far along now to turn back.
Anyhow. There you go. What would you use your mind mansion for, if you had one?