The human organism/infant associates goodness/love with the meeting of her needs – which later evolves into the satisfaction of her psychological desire. Our sense of goodness grew out of the dependency of the parent-offspring relationship – family. Relationships and conditions that fulfill our fundamental needs are good, ones that deprive us our wellbeing or our sense of security are not. As the organism develops, it seeks the same sense from the community – communication and cooperation or alienation and violence – according to its own particular conditioning.
With the awareness of what is good and what is not arose a sense of ‘quality’, an appreciation of goodness and beauty in form and functon – our aeshetic sense – seeking to make life better, more secure, more pleasurable. It is this emerging consciousness of a spectrum of quality that focuses our attention intensely upon our mental processes, images and ideas, in order to measure and compare any or all aspects of the world – past, present, and future – within the mind, seeking ever the highest quality.
This is the new dimension of complexity in the interaction of matter/energy in space/time – whole worlds may be contained, dissected, and recreated within the human brain. It is no longer necessary for evolution to spend lifetimes experimenting for the perfect way of life. Now life can cut to the chase. What once took generations to establish – better survival skill, ability, and the potential thereof – now may take place in hours or days with our high technology.
The sacred seed has split. The growth within pulsates and hesitates, sensing the world – if one thing or idea or action is better than another – what is the best?
this is the end
of Eden and innocence
and the beginning of responsibility
-public and private-
local and global
Simple survival is no longer sufficiently satisfactory. For man, the whole process of life is far more vast than the indulgence of his appetite.
OUR COMMON MIND III
Sex, Hunger, and War
and the Basic Unit of Society
The whole focus of human life is to meet our interconnected biological and psychological needs. The more we are able to meet our biological needs, the greater the role our psychological need plays in life. Of course our psychological need is rooted in and is an extension of our biological need for food and sex. The programs we follow to fulfill our needs are culture and all its variations.
Culture is transmitted first through our mother’s breast.
It is evident in the simplest forms of life and becomes more apparent the more sophisticated the nervous system – as part of a process of replication, the parent-offspring relationship, our genetic predisposition for human contact, cooperation and communication or more precisely – love.
The skeleton of every human persona is created whole at a very earlly age and every person spends the rest of her life fleshing it out.
Parents create copies of themselves – automatically – there is no other way – we are genetic physically and it is a genetic apparatus that generates, transmits, and receives culture – the human brain – our common mind.
Talk about the mirror of human relationship! When your look at your children and their behaviour, you are looking deep into your own soul.
Thats the way it is. The only way it could have turned out like this is for the universe to have evolved just so. Starting with nothing, then, wonder of wonders, self-replicating entities out of the big bang and out of replicators, consciousness, the miracle of astonishment.
The universe, life and death, evolution – its a never ending movement. What came before changes into what we are now and now we are creating what will be. Whether we know it or not, whether we like it or not, we are responsible for the world.