We always think of dementia in terms of being a terrible disease that robs a person of their mind. I look at someone like Mom and think because her memories are mixed up that there is something wrong with her.
But I have this theory that the eternal spirit sees things all at once. Linear time is how things appear to us in mortality, but I believe God sees things all at once. Past, present, and future are all one. For example, when my dad wrote love letters to my mom in 1958, God knew I would read them in 2013 because time does not exist. I don't know how to explain it, but I know when I had a very revelatory experience, that's what I sensed and felt. I could see things all at once. Time didn't exist.
And as I've thought about this, I think, "What if what appears to us as a scrambling of memories and experiences is simply the inability of a mortal body to see things as the eternal spirit naturally sees them?" Maybe as a person ages and gets closer to the end of his or her mortal life, the spirit's natural way of seeing things becomes more pronounced, but the mortal body can't process it, and so to the outside observer, it appears that there is something wrong.
But what if what we view as disease in mortality is actually how an enlightened mind thinks normally? What if the weakness we deem in my mother is actually a strength?
I'm not sure if I'm explaining myself well, but it just gave me a different perspective on what we view as a disease.
Speaking of Mom, here's today's nugget: