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 upon itself and envisions worlds smaller and grander than our senses can perceive.

Survival, especially in the early stages of our development as social creatures, depended mostly on seeking nourishment, shelter, 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 control the decisions for the entire group. 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.

Institutionalized fear begins at a very early age by bending our natural curiosity and inquisitiveness under the threat of retribution and towards the perpetuation of the ancient Paradigm of Submission, Separation, and Conflict. The senses are trained to focus outward, to perceive Nature as something separate from us to be dominated and used. And introspection and imagination are constrained in great part by the search of ‘Happiness’ dictated by material possessions and the values, if any, of the controlling political-economic-scientific-religious elites.

And thus our perception of the world from which we come into existence is so estranged from reality that we cannot even conceive the obvious Fact that we – as the atoms and molecules and cells we are made out of, and as the planet and solar system in which we exist – are deftly put together by primordial forces that organize us into cohesive, self-generating, self-regulating, self-perpetuating organizations of components endowed with a relative degree of freedom in adaptation; nor can we accept the obvious Fact that, like no other creature or system we know of, we have been evolving within a relatively stable and favorable environment to become pioneers in conscious self-awareness.

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

But the doors of perception are tightly controlled by our current Paradigm, and thus the doors to the obvious Facts that we are intrinsic components of our Universe, that we are alive because the Universe is alive, that even though we are endowed with a relative degree of freedom to adapt, to choose, it is ultimately the Universe that defines our development and our Future – these doors are not open yet.

Revised May 2019

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