John Butch Preston
y name is Ned. Suppose you are thinking a deep thought and at the same time tying your shoes, while a song you heard earlier keeps playing over and over in the back of your mind. Not unusual really. Then suppose you suddenly became conscious that these three things are going on in your mind at the same time. You become aware that you are thinking deeply, tying your shoes, and trying to get the pesky song out of your brain. You would then, in effect, be looking over your shoulder at yourself.
Now suppose you are in church and thinking a deep thought, for instance how honest and true our president is. All the while the preacher is talking about Greed, and that you can’t serve God and Mammon at the same time; it’s the same old sermon you’ve heard a thousand times, much like tying your shoes a thousand times, so you’re listening sort of unconsciously—while giving most of your attention to your deep thought. But there’s also that third thing going on in the back of your mind that won’t go away like a song repeating itself. You’re hungry and wondering what you will order at Wendy’s after church is over. Shouldn’t you be looking over your shoulder about now?