I stumbled on an interview with the actor Chris Evans. There was this one question that got my attention. The question was following: “If you could look back and talk to the 12 year version of yourself. What advice would you give?”

Chris: "It might seem oversimplified but it’s profound. I’d say: “Shhh…” It’s so funny how noisy my brain is… everyone’s brain is noisy. It’s what it does, it makes thoughts. The problem is that I think most in our lives the root to suffering is following that brain noise and listening to that brain noise and actually identifying with it as if it’s who you are. That is just a noise your brain makes. And more often than not it probably does not have nothing much to say that’s going to help you.” /…/ “Saying “Shhh…” is not quitting. It’s not giving up. It’s not washing your hands from the thought. It’s rising above it, it’s operating on a separate plane. You can’t dissect why that works, because the reason it works doesn’t speak the same language that the brain works.”

The guy might be a bit influenced by Buddhism and although it brought back all the memories from the time I was at university reading all sorts of Buddhism and Taoism literature, which is great, then…

Somehow I feel he was trying to give to his younger self the advice he himself was yet not living according to. If he would live according to his advice to just be “Shhh…” then he wouldn’t give that advice to his younger self. Because like I wrote in my last post then the younger you in my opinion is just a way to look back at your past and never really see the future. So your brain is constantly making noise and you are listening to it. If you wouldn’t listen to it then there also wouldn’t be a younger you to give advice to.

He got the essence of “Shhh…” right though, which is great. But how can the older promote it to a younger version of himself if he isn’t living according to it?

.. then again life is a constant learning curve with or without “Shhh…”. One can still be on the road to master the technique while already teaching it to the younger ones be it in religion, art, math, languages…

Besides if he really would be living according to the “Shhh…” then we would have a bald Chris Evans who is wearing most of the time a robe and living high in the mountains. I think a lot of people would object on that…

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