On the face of It, there are a few incontrovertible truths we are born with, “in our DNA”, or ““Hard wired”, to use two hackneyed phrases. An example is fear of snakes. Human babies are born with this. There are other examples, but I’ll expand on this in a minute. The point initially is that there are a few ideas that we are born with, that we know quite literally instinctively. Psychologists use these base instinctive feelings to predict behavior. Why is it, for instance, when cornered in a building, that we tend to climb upwards? Could it be fear of predators when human ancestors were better climbers? I think the simple answer to your question is that there are many things we know instinctively at birth. We know that animals tend to rely on instinct more than humans. However, we humans rely on instinct far more than we like to think and this fact leaves us open to exploitation. There are many things that people are persuaded to believe by religious leaders, politicians and other people in positions of influence, that have their origin in our basic instincts, yet have no business being part of our set of beliefs in the modern world. I am a Scottish citizen. My country voted overwhelmingly to remain, as did Northern Ireland and Gibraltar. Yet, two countries get to decide our fate just because they have a bigger population than us. That’s always been the way things go in this ‘united’ Kingdom. The democratic deficit has never been more apparent.
We were told that voting no to independence meant securing our place in the eu. Many people believe that. Now we’re being dragged out of the eu against our will. My children’s rights have been removed by a neighbouring country’s decision based on a pack of lies and xenophobic dogma. The only consolation is that brexit will no doubt end the United Kingdom. Ireland will reunify and Scotland will regain her independence – both retaking our seats within the European Community. I’m quite certain of that. The details how you get keyboard events, and how the symbols for all events other than ASCII characters are defined, are specific to the particular event handling libraries in use. And that the two sets of concepts, one in the author’s mind, one in the reader’s, are not identical because the author’s creative act of designing and setting down the code must be complemented by the reader’s creative act of devising his own version of the content inside his own head. The creative act required is a two-handed act, not just a spell woven by the author: an unread book is just a storage device made of marked up paper. I’ve found this insight helps me to let my own written stories go so that it can become part of the mental lives of others, absent an authorial death-grip on it that attempts to throttle the work’s creative potential into submission to only one mind — the originator’s. As the water collided in the middle, I think a huge column of water would also shoot up into the sky and the sea level immediately around would rise up.