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New collective beliefs

In my view we need new collective beliefs that will replace our old obsolete beliefs. See my post 'Freedom?'.

We're all just monkeys.

We are just like other primates in our behaviour, instincts and emotions. The only difference is that we have cultivated the illusion that we are different from and even better than other animals.

The viewpoint that we are just monkeys will give us better understanding and greater acceptance of our own and others' behaviour. It will give us a totally different way of looking at matters of social, cultural and psychological concern. As in; We try to give animals in a zoo the best circumstances for them to express their natural behaviour, why can't we do this for us naked apes?

There is no such thing as free will.

And why we can't decide what to want.

The belief that there is such a thing as free will is the root of a lot of frustration and pain in our species. If not the root of all evil. ;) Everything from ideological wars to frustration about bad habits stems from this illusion which probably arose in a time when we started getting the idea that there is a difference between good and bad beliefs. This belief is really helpful to keep us enslaved in oppressive communities because it will make you feel guilty for things you do and don't.

Our behaviour comes from a mixture of biological instincts, emotions and, in us humans, beliefs. The only control you have over your own behaviour is like the control you have over your body when you need to relief yourselves, you can hold it up for a while...

What we should spend our energy on is freeing our will. The whole mixture of factors which make up our behaviour focus in what I would call our inner compass or will. This will is not the make belief 'decision making free will' as we normally see it, it is nothing more than that which you would like to do, be, have or whatever at any given moment. It's the things, places, people, situations or activities to which you are automatically drawn.

The less energy we spend on trying to behave differently from what comes to us naturally the more it becomes clear what we actually want.

There is only behaviour, which is good nor bad.

Because we have no free will it is ridiculous to think about certain behaviour as good or bad. There's only behaviour; some of it is socially accepted in one's community and some is not. Why the majority of people in a community exhibit socially accepted behaviour is because we are social animals. For social animals to behave in a way that isn't accepted by their community equals exertion which equals certain death.

This is why prisons don't work. Crossing the line of socially accepted behaviour is accompanied by fear of death, but when a person does cross this line and ends up in prison, he will meet a whole new community by which he will be accepted. After which the fear of exertion is eradicated for good.

We are GOOD!

We are hardwired to be socially responsible persons. We all have a biological need for emotionally satisfying relationships. We all need moments to feel community, sympathy and leadership. Emotions like anger and placidity like pride, shame, modesty and humiliation like gratitude, guilt, virtue and resentment they all come and go in an ongoing emotional exchange between people. If we stopped thinking altogether and forgot about all our values, we would still have emotionally satisfying relationships with each other simply BECAUSE WE LIKE IT LIKE THAT.

No one willingly chooses not be loved to be evil or to be an outcast. If this happens this person probably learned to repress even the most basic instincts that make us social animals, he didn't learn to express and exchange them in a mutual rewarding manner.

Being used to trying to have total control over our behaviour, allowing ourselves to express our animal instincts feels irresponsible at least and terrifying more commonly. However we don't have to be afraid that our natural tendency to be bad and do bad things will take over if we stop trying to be good humans. We will just gain more awareness of our actual social instincts which automatically urge us to display our most satisfying behaviour.

Health equals Happiness

Happiness is the experience of our human needs being satisfied. Health is the description of our human needs being satisfied for so long that it shows.

If we understand our human needs we can design our world and our institutions to fit them instead of pressing people to repress and deny them, which stimulates unhealthy behaviour and feelings of misery. We can design our culture in ways that enable and support people to satisfy their needs without undesirable consequences. We are perfectly capable, for instance, of having sex anytime we like without having another baby every 9 - 10 months... well some of us are anyway. :)

The more we allow ourselves to follow our animal instincts which by nature tend to healthy behaviour the more happiness we will experience. The more happiness we experience the more healthy we get and the more healthy we get the more we are capable of satisfying our needs and being happy about it, the more happy... well you probably get my point.

More to come:

  • Learn the most by doing what you like best... (For now, see the wiki if you want to learn more about this.)
  • You get what you imagine (and there's too much of it to handle)...
  • They are the way you think they are (and they feel the same about you)...
Tags: belief, emotion, evil, fear, free will, freedom, happiness, health, illusion, instinct, monkeys, primates, prison, war

One Comment

  1. Posted January 27, 2008 at 2:08 am | Permalink

    Dear brother,

    I’ve taken upon me the liberty to edit the ending of your post so that it is clear that it is not a draft. I turned the empty headings at the end into kind of teaser so that next time you can simply write a follow-up. Doing this, I’ve taken care not to remove any of your original text, because my intrusion is bad enough as it stands.

    The reason why I made the changes is very simple. Once a post is published, it can be commented on on this site or from elsewhere within the blogosphere. If, after publication, your post changes significantly, it becomes very unclear what is being cited / commented on. Of course, simple formatting changes or grammar/spelling corrections are not considered significant changes, but adding whole sections to a post is a significant change.

    Because blog posts are so temporal it is habitual that if you do have to commit corrections which change the meaning of the text, you notify the readers of your post of this by adding an Update notification at the top or the bottom of your post. Examples of this are abound on the web. Here’s one example.

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