Oct 13th. Note - This essay still needs clarity - it all takes time

Resumé of previous essays
Collectively in human culture, any trace of the original animal sense of belonging is long gone; and now, we have even lost the unquestioned beliefs of our tribe. We have lost the mutual confirmation of our actual social group, a group of at least 30 people who all believe, unquestioningly, in the same things ... with no-one around who disagrees.

Our modern human fight for survival is in the abstract dimension of ideas, beliefs and opinions. And with the modern multiplicity of beliefs, there simply isn't enough mutual confirmation to go around, and there never can be.

Our lives 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 fundamentally insecure.

To get everything modern civilisation offers, we had to focus on it, and this had amazing advantages, it was all, or mostly, good. But as our culture's fight for survival develops, the only thing we can think of doing, is continued focusing. We are all experiencing the effects of overcompensating with an inappropriate habit.

Displacement Activity
We have collectively developed, what in animal psychology would be seen as a form of displacement activity. Displacement activity is the term used when animals under stress, revert to inappropriate behavioural habits. For example, hens scratch and peck at nothing just because they feel nervous and insecure; dogs and cats clean themselves when they actually want feeding. Any habitual activity can be displaced.

And we have begun to act like birds in captivity who can't stop chattering, in a desperate search for mates and territory – with compulsive grooming habits and (especially among Cockatoos) commonly plucking their own feathers out; – and overpopulated deer who will rub off so much musk on their territorial-marker trees, that whole rings of bark disintegrate and their territorial trees die.

We are being driven by a natural but involuntary response to stress and insecurity. We are displacing with our species' tried and tested, habitual method of finding security, our culture's habitual rut – focusing with our thoughts and senses.

We are destroying ourselves, our culture, and our environment with an inappropriate habit.

Vanity, Conceit, and Greed.
Each of us has become a sort of individual focal point, with modern day humans showing extremely strong symptoms of vanity, greed, and conceit:

Vanity: Our self-image in the form of our physical appearance from the outside was always an important factor for cultural identity. Probably since the 1850s when mirrors became generally available, our individual appearance has become central to our self-identity. And now, suddenly - selfies.
Conceit: We are full of our own individual views and opinions on life, and with repetition as we age and grow more sure of our self-image, we stop listening, especially to anyone who disagrees.
Greed: In the developed world, we have all our ancestors ever wanted, or wanted for their children. The deep-freeze is full, we've got hot water bottles, peanut butter and houses of brick. But now we want insurance, two cars, sex, daily entertainment, and more money for investments and territory.
A form of greed, the want for more and self-centred-focus is at the root of all these.

We're showing obvious symptoms of greed, but our selfish ego is not the cause. It is our insecurity.

This compulsive focusing is also evident in how we balance our mundane daily focused work with art, music and dance, where we focus with our imagination. Sport, where we focus on the ball. Even entertainment, where we focus on someone else who is focused on entertaining us.

Involuntary Egoism
In the background of our new global 'being in the world' we feel lost and insecure because we lack the mutual confirmation which every previous culture, and all animal groups have had. We have lost the natural 'automatic' feeling of belonging to a community.

And as a natural reaction to stress, we're overcompensating with our secure habitual ruts, having a focus point in life, somewhere to go, and something to do ... with hardly a moment spare to just be and feel and belong in the world.

The point and aim of modern life is to be a self reliant individual - an independent, self sufficient ego - who has an identity. These are considered as admirable qualities. In fact, without being egoistical, we want to feel like a sort of cohesive focal point. And even if we acknowledge our interdependance with the world outside us, it is an interdependance between individual focal points.

The continual focused thinking in terms of focal points, an aim, a reason to live, is all we know, and we're displacing with it, overcompensating with it.

All the focusing has directly disturbed our fundamental understanding of life. Even the sensation of insecurity is itself based on our focused perspective and understanding of life.

From the way we sense and the way we use our senses, we create the world we feel. This has often been said, and usually we think it means we have to broaden our psychological perspective on life  – it is only rarely associated with our physical senses.

Sensing panoramically opens the door to a new experience and thus a new understanding of life.

The Cure
Seeing it for what it is, is the first step, it's involuntary, it's happened without us wanting it.

It's a perfectly natural response to our human insecurity. It's a mental imbalance. It's also a lack of intelligence, tunnel vision and a blind spot – we're focusing so intensively that we don't even see any other way of experiencing and understanding life – our culture has no name for the panorama senses – we are blind to it, and ignorant of it.

The success and survival of a species was always dependent on a balanced use of all of their sensory abilities.

Using the physical senses in a panoramic way is the natural balance to focused sensing.

It's obvious we're not using all of our basic natural 'god-given' sensory abilities, so it's obvious we can't feel life completely or feel complete! Let alone be fully awake and alive.

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