THE HUMAN SURVIVAL STRATEGY
(and Exploring the Full Potential of our Humanity)
We coordinated focusing with our senses, bodies, and minds – and learnt to shape flint tools, to make fire, and wheels. We also found Gods to focus on. These all became cultural focal points, they gave us security, and pleasure.
Then very sensibly and naturally we repeated all the things which gave us security and pleasure. And slowly over thousands of years as we repeated our cultural knowledge, it gathered momentum, it accumulated and multiplied.
NEW: We gradually secured our survival with out focusing skills, and safety became increasingly dependent on things we could focus on, so that these days we have signs and warning lights and sounds, and walls and laws and etc. etc. and we dont need to use our panoramic senses exclusively and directly any more to stay safe.
Our modern early training of concentrated focusing on drawing, reading, and writing, and then later studying specialised subjects, demonstrates our culture's development. But after an astounding million-year-long history of focusing for our survival, our strategy has now led us to a critical point.
The post WW2 rat race has become the new normal, and as our cultural knowledge multiplies, the repetitions will continue, and the velocity will always increase.
And this incredible momentum of modern life is all based on focusing, because focusing is the way we use our senses in order to learn, remember, repeat, do, want, and get, all the things which bring us pleasure or security.
This is discussed in detail on Chapter Two Index Page
This is a basic balance in life which all other animals have. We have neglected the development of our panoramic sensory abilities.
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How i understand focusing, is as a direct result of and comparison with my experience with panoramic sensing. I have tried to rationalise the ideas, but the full impact may only be accessible by experiencing panoramic sensing yourself (see Summary of First Exercises).
There are two main simple (theories or) truths:
1. Wanting always leads to repetitions. Either the repetition of the idea, an actual repetition, or something similar.
2. Wanting is always connected with focusing. The panoramic mode is only occasionally used in a secondary way for doing, wanting, and getting.
In order for animals to use their panoramic senses with any intensity, and then be ready to respond, it's necessary for them to stop everything they are doing, wanting, and getting – everything they are focusing on. Panoramic sensing temporarily interrupts the patterns of thinking and doing, which are causing the pace of life to overrun us now.
Exploring the Full Potential of our Humanity
Children are born with this way of being in touch with and sensing the world. We must balance our increasingly early education in focused reading, writing, and thinking, with an early education and encouragement of the panorama mode.
We must play at going on the lookout with our children. Watching for movements all around and out of the corner of our eyes like blackbirds, listening out for dogs and humans like a hare does, and smelling on the wind for coffee or food cooking, just as the hedgehog will smell for apples and beetles.
How we sense the world, determines how we experience and understand it. Modern human adults only use their panoramic awareness in a subliminal or secondary manner. We have a limited experience of life. We're not using all of our sensory abilities, so it's obvious we can't feel life as a whole, or feel wholesome or complete.
The effects are similar to many meditations. But you don't have to focus on anything beautiful, or sublime and eternal, and you don't have to believe in anything for it to work. Panoramic sensing is naturally and always, here and now; and it only needs to be used intensively for a few seconds to be effective.
Why does our culture ignore panoramic sensing? We don't even have a clear generic word to describe it. I believe this is inherent in our 'blinkered' focused way of understanding life. It's a form of tunnel vision: the idea of using our panoramic awareness – as animals do, to actually experience our immediate environment – has become a blind spot.