I'm very open to discussion on this next idea and this whole chapter, - please think it through with me.

Knowing the Enemy
This is an idea for extinction rebellion and fridays4future ... anyone who wants to change the world ...

The point is : not to use the same approach / methods /attitude as whatever you're fighting against.

I'm suggesting the problems we have on planet earth at present, are caused by a one-sided training and development of our abstract focused thinking, understanding, and even creative abilities.

So now, in these modern times, anyone with a heart has to focus intensively on climate change and the 'greed' which is causing it. But by focusing we are using the same 'mind-set' – and maybe ultimately reinforcing the imbalance – which caused the mess in the first place.

We have lost ways of sensing and feeling life which have been at the foundation of every other animals survival and self awareness for billions of years. We are missing out on a fundamental balance in life.

Structure of Chapter Two
In this chapter i describe all the ways we have developed our focusing abilities, and the consequent development of beliefs, which gave traditional cultures and individuals their security.

Then, how the lack of mutual confirmation for our belefs in modern times, leads to a background insecurity, (regardless our 20th century material security), and this leads to the over compensation with habitual behaviours, overfocusing, 'greed', - and 'greed' for ideas, opinions, and beliefs, i.e. the closed mindedness and stupidity - which is at the root of our present survival problems.

This was all explained in 7 beautiful(!) paragraphs on The Human Survival Strategy in "Survival Stratgies".

If you already sympathise with the ideas in "Survival Strategies", then the place you want to get to next is the essay on Displacement Activity.

In Displacement Activity i discuss the illness animals suffer when they feel insecure, and how they compensate with habitual but inappropriate, sometimes self-destructive activities.

Empathy with Animals
Then i develop how empathy with animals would bring our lives back into balance.

With our early education in focused abstract thought, we have neglected TWO aspects of our basic animal abilities. An awareness of how our body feels from the inside, and our panoramic sense of the world. Both are basic to every animals survival, and both are ways of experiencing life as a whole, and feeling wholesome.

My primary aim has been to describe what i know about panoramic sensing. I find this easy to put into words, and it seems to be a largely untouched subject.

Our sub-cultures are already rich in basic body awareness exercises, most involve feeling inside the body with the sense of touch. But an animals sense of their world is experienced and understood not only by touching, but also by smelling, tasting, listening, and seeing. And i believe their inner body sense is also understood in terms of all these senses.

I suggest that both our panoramic sense of the world, and an awareness of how it feels to see, hear, smell, and taste the body from the inside, are both important ways of knowing ourselves, of feeling real and feeling 'I exist' and 'I am'. They both add reality, balance, and depth to our sense of self-identity.

They both directly reduce our need for the social confirmation of our self-image. Consequently they both reduce the insecurity which leads to the displacement activity. And then, together with focusing, they could establish a realistic working relationship between the world inside and the world outside.

You Have A Choice
If you need them, seven beautiful paragraphs in Survival Strategies
Otherwise please continue with Displacement Activity
If you've time for the long route, then i suggest first a quick scan through the Anthropological Timeline

Back to Chapter Two : Cultural Effects