Beliefs, Confirmation and Human Displacement Activity
Animal identity is based on their inner body feeling, and their relationship with and place in the world, as perceived by both the broadband and focussed use of their senses. In addition they identify with their territory, and have and give mutual confirmation within their social group.
Humans had all that animals have, and then we started developing our abilties with learning and thinking. And from the first ruminations on the meaning of the moon, or a flash of lightning, till ''why am I?'', we developed beliefs.
When we found gods to believe in, the relationship between individuals, groups, and the whole universe became secure or at least negotiable. This was the first great step away from our animal heritage. Since humans developed beliefs, they became the central priority for our sense of reality, security and identity.
Human cultures passed ideas and customs down through thousands of generations. For a couple of million years, up to a hundred years ago, - even though humans were often hungry and cold – we lived with a social consensus of dress codes, language, ideas, beliefs and opinions.
Our sense of belonging and identity was found within our social group. The communal identity within our group, with each other and in relation to a big picture of the world, was confirmed by each other.
And it didn't really matter much if we all believed we were living on the back of the Great Turtle, or, that the stars were the children of the sun and the moon; - because for our sense of identity and security, the confirmation of the tribe was far more important than the truth. This is no new invention of modern civilisation.
And with the present day cultural meltdown, this fact is now causing a lot of problems. We can't complain when politicians tell lies, or social media spreads false news. Because for our essential sense of emotional security, the confirmation of the tribe was always far more important than the truth.
The reason modern human life is insecure, is because we have lost the mutual confirmation of our social group. Collectively in human culture, any trace of the original animal sense of belonging is long gone; and now, we have even lost the integrity of our tribe. Our beliefs are insecure in a way no humans in any previous culture, have ever experienced, or even imagined, and so regardless of our modern material security, we all still feel insecure. ...
In modern times, (a few thousand years) with the cultural meltdown, the same old beliefs which were so clear and dear to us, and central to our poetic interpetation of life, the ones which gave our tribe identity and security, the ones which over time, in free thinking countries, developed into a mutiplicity of new creative ideas and opinions ... Nowadays our most cherished beliefs are exactly the ones which lead socially, to division and insecurity.
And the endless need for confirmation, can cause pain and suffering in a way that no animal or early human could ever imagine.
Our modern liberal thinking to socially integrate and contain the diversity of beliefs, - rather than infallible rulers forcing a consensus of ideas, - is a great step for civilisation. But, respect for someone else's beliefs is only a shadow of the mutual confirmation of the group.
A few lucky individuals, have public respect and feel confirmed (or appear so) in their popular image. And, even if we don't admire their ideas and opinions, we want to be as recognised and at least appear as confident, (lit: with belief), - as they do.
So this relentless search for confirmation, is exponentially self perptuating. But with the modern multiplicity of beliefs, there simply isn't enough mutual confirmation to go around, and there never can be.
In the present cultural meltdown, our culture's continual and exclusive over emphasis and training for focussed sensing and focussed thinking, with its inevitable beliefs, ideas and opinions, - leads directly to division on a social level, and thus, due to the lack of confirmation, it leads to worry or dullness on the individual level.
To get everything modern civilisation offers, we had to focus on it, learn it, remember it, and repeat it to our children, so the culture could grow. And this had amazing advantages, it was all good. But now all we can do, and think of doing, is going after more focus points, and looking for confirmation once we've got them.
We're showing symptoms of vanity, greed, and conceit, but i DON'T believe that it's our selfish ego which is the cause. It is our cultural insecurity.
We have developed a form of cultural over compensation with all our focussing activities: thinking, understanding, getting, doing, creating; having beliefs, ideas and opinions.
We have collectively developed, what has become a form of displacement activity. Displacement activity is when hens scratch and peck at nothing, just because they feel insecure; dogs and cats clean when they actually want feeding. Any habitual activity can be displaced. We are displacing with our focussing abilities. Everyone is doing it all the time, not only politicians, even prophets and poets, it is cuturally confirmed and unquestioned.
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