76 – On the Control of Human Perception …

Common sense tells us that we perceive our world through the input of our organic senses … the sounds we can hear, the sensations we can sense, the smells we can smell, the things we can see. These senses, we now know quite well, are developed only to perceive a tiny fraction of Reality.

But we are able to expand our perception through the ingenuity of the instruments we invent and through the imagination of our highly evolved and visionary brain … the organic brain that not only creates the phenomena of the mind, but that also reflects on itself and envisions worlds smaller and grander than our senses can fathom.

Survival, especially in the early stages of our evolutionary development as social creatures, depended mostly on seeking steady nourishment, shelter and protection from predators by belonging to a group. This dependence made us vulnerable, and submissive, to the stronger and more aggressive individuals in the group. And thus social castes were created, establishing a Paradigm of submission and elitism were a strongman came to make the decisions and control the distribution of goods. These strongmen held power by force and, as they grew older, by institutionalized fear. Amazingly enough this continues to be the foundation of our dominant Paradigm … just more sophisticated.

Institutionalized fear is now more subtle and begins at a very early age in our lives. Our natural curiosity and inquisitiveness are bent, under the threat of retribution, to promote and reinforce the ancient Paradigm of Submission and Separation. The senses are trained to focus outward, to perceive Nature as other than us, as something lesser than us to be dominated and used. And introspection, and imagination, are constrained in great part by the search of a ‘happiness’ dictated by material possessions and the morals, if any, of the controlling political-economic-scientific-religious castes – what we now call elites.

And thus our perception of the world in which we exist, the world from which we come into existence, the world without which we could not live, is so estranged from Reality that we cannot even conceive the obvious Fact that … as the atoms and molecules and cells we are made out of, and as the planet and the solar system in which we exist … we are deftly put together by primordial forces which organize us into a sensory and cohesive congregation of elements that grows, and matures, and bonds, and self-generates, and self-perpetuates, synthesizing and focusing energy and information with a relative degree of freedom to adapt and choose; nor can we accept the obvious Fact that, as no other creature or system we know of, we have been allowed by a relatively stable and favorable environment to become the advancing pioneers in self-awareness.

The human mind is the result, and the synthesizer, of all the input received from our internal and external environments. Our mind’s perception of the immediate world is received through our organic senses, and our perception of the world beyond the reach or our organic senses is constructed through our susceptible capacity to self-reflect, to conceptualize abstract ideas, to store enormous amounts of information, to imagine new possibilities, to take chances.

But the doors of perception are held closed by our current Paradigm, with only two exceptions, the doors that lead to Consumption and Division.

And thus the doors that open our perception to the obvious Facts that we are intrinsic elements of our Universe, that we come alive inside of it, that we are alive because of it, that we are made out of it, that we are ruled by it, and that even though it defines our development, it also endows us with the evolving awareness of our relative degree of freedom to change, to choose, to create our own Future … these doors have not been opened, yet.

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