Please become aware and internalize that you are reading specifically placed entities of black and white, which we call “words,” emitted through light on a virtual screen, and you comprehend the information that the device is generating in this particular moment in time because you understand this thing that we call language.
An organism is born, containing only its DNA which has encoded directions for its functional organs to survive. It opens its two bright eager eyes and sees the physical representations of what is in front of these eyes, limited to the visible spectrum of wavelengths that this organism’s DNA has been encoded to decipher. To this organism, there is emptiness in its neural connections, no knowledge of the past or even what that word means.
It will only be able to learn what other organisms present to it, and each of these subsequent organisms that encounter this individual throughout its life only know what has crossed upon his or her own consciousness. It is as if a being can really know anything at all — that information, the truth, can really be transferred through time and space to a physical location inside of our brains.
It is not the fault of the beings that their DNA has wired them to survive, and in order to survive these beings will be subconsciously, invariably examining their internal states of well-being: temperature, energy (hunger), thirst, and physical pain levels, among others.
Each of these states has a range of acceptance that signals the brain that the current parameter is satisfactory for the being as a whole to remain alive. When one parameter skews from an acceptable state, the body will signal the operator to make a change, at that moment, through pain and stress receptors.
Humans have evolved and adapted through time to be able to learn from from their environment and protect their offspring and fellow tribes. Intelligent life has progressed to the point that our species has the capability of understanding complex internal physiological processes and most importantly, self and social awareness.
This attribute is what makes humans more capable of intelligence than any other being. We have the power to feel and understand that our internal states are simply internal states of our bodies, not “us” as individuals, and we have the capability of thinking about somebody else’s point of view outside of the self.
Your fears, your behaviors, your preconceived notions about others based on physical appearance, your “comfort zone” - these things were all developed by your internal machinery to tell you, the operator, to command a change in action. Reread that sentence. If you understand this, you will know that you truly have the power of free will, that your thoughts are not the truth, they are your mind’s interpretation of your environment.
The words our society creates to label and identify other cultures and people, people that are “different” than us, were simply created by our self-awareness that the individual self, the conscious soul, was somehow different than others because their vessel of consciousness has a different physical representation in space than our own.
In a primitive, primordial world it makes sense that internal defensive and survival instincts would guide civilization toward savage, barbaric actions. However, the humans who are alive today are fortunate enough to live in a world that is not governed by the brutality and violence in nature, although there are some exceptions.
We need to come together and understand that we, as humans, have all been fed information from birth that has created a mapping of our own world, our own context of what and who we actually are in the world and what the world is outside of our own consciousness. We need to understand that these mappings of the world, what each of us thinks of the world and of ourselves, is not the truth. Each of them is a perspective from each conscious soul’s window to the universe.
Any individual that thinks that his or her mortal experiences, all of the data collected through sight, touch, smell, sound, and taste, that has been rooted deeply into his or her brain over decades, is the truth, that individual must have no wisdom.
“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
Imagine raising five newborn children, each having a different physical representation of something that our society calls different (e.g. skin color) in an isolated community. During their youth, do not teach them the words that separate their parents’ respective heritages. In the mapping of their own world, they will not be any different from each other!
This utopia cannot exist in our world, but we have the intelligence to see that future generations can grow up in a world that understands and teaches that what separates another being’s consciousness from our own is simply language.
A lion in the wild does not know that it is a “lion” and that an antelope is an “antelope,” it simply knows that it must hunt and eat prey in order to survive. What makes a lion’s consciousness different from the consciousness of a human, or a mouse, or an ant? Each living organism follows its internal directions without the awareness that we as humans are capable of achieving.
Through language, we have described our surroundings and created a concrete system of encoding entities and abstractions to relay to other intelligent beings. Through natural selection, the humans who are alive today are able to process and understand what you are reading right now in this moment.
That is quite an astonishing feat and most people are unaware and unappreciative of the amount of grinding and effort throughout the sands of time that our species has labored through in order for us to be able to do what we are doing right now. Darwin would be amazed at the world we live in today, yet appalled by the culture of our institutions and people.
From a purely hedonistic standpoint, it makes logical sense that individuals and thus society would tend to stay in their comfort zone and avoid what is not familiar to them. Human civilization is still young, however, and there have been instances of great men and women bringing our people together, as countries, as cities, as communities, as teams, and as families.
It is time we come together as a species, and it will take another great leader to get us there.