As a collective, we are Lizards! I’m not going for ‘original’ here, but it’s something that really needs to be examined, studied, and fucking Improved Upon. We Have To Do Better Than This!
We are so far from being even ‘Mammal’, as a collective. Mammals are nurturing, warm-blooded, therefore empathetic.
Hundreds of thousands of examples have been shown that well-fed mammals provide love and caring to animals not even of their own species. There’s countless videos of cows or sheep nursing carnivore babies and similar examples.
Here’s one. Cow nurses monkeys: https://youtu.be/TA0rZ0dtzd8?t=1
What’s my point? My point is that humanity, as a collective, is FAILING.
Largely, it’s failing because we continually allow our best attributes as a species to be degraded, or, more importantly fragmented and divided. We also let lesser traits be glorified, such as ‘power’ (as if we’d have a chance vs actual powerful beasts without weapons, which were created by human-only traits).
We’re also failing by applying out-dated and un-evolved concepts to shape and define our existence. ‘Darwinism’ hasn’t been relevant for humans for probably 4.5 to 5 full millennia if not longer than that (maybe even a million years). Once man figured how to plant grain, ‘Darwinism’ as a concept (though not to be actually conceived until thousands of years later). By that time, man had already figured out some weapons and strategies to avoid and protect themselves from beasts that could kill them.
What they had not discovered then, and what we still, as a species, have not discovered, is how to peacefully coexist in a land of plenty.
On a side note, this to me illustrates the greatest failure of the Torah, or ‘Old Testament’. It’s also the failure of all the ‘People Of Abraham’ religions. Right from the get-go, in the first 20 pages or so, it gets everything Completely Fucking Wrong about human existence! The ‘apple’ (knowledge, clearly) was not the ‘one-way ticket’ out of the fucking ‘garden’. Knowledge was the Only Way To Live In ‘The Garden’.
Getting back to the 3-brain theory: Lizard, Mammal, Human… We really need to De-Prioritze the Lizard Brain. It’s almost irrelevant at this point and it Should Have Been Made Irrelevant by our species thousands of years ago. Every one of the problems that the Lizard Brain was useful in assisting with should’be been solved thousands of years ago. Hunger? Plenty of food to eat if we share. Fear of the elements and freezing to death? Human-please!! Fear of being attacked by greater beasts? Human-please!
Only from other humans are we challenged, unless we’re fucking idiots and choose to go where apex predators live and get all up in their shit. Mankind has had the capacity to live in harmony with nature for thousands of years. If they weren’t so busy killing themselves because of the greed of the few they’d have figured shit out much better by oh, 3K BC!
How many civilizations have crumbled because of lizard-brained selfishness and greed that had scientists and mathematicians in their midst discovering things and figuring things out that would’ve revolutionized human history, only for it to be lost in war and pointless destruction? 10, 20? Every year, new archaeological discoveries are made of peoples and cultures that existed before other civilizations that we had thought were ‘first’. We thought these people were the ‘first’ to do something. Then, we find that these other people were the ‘first’ to do something, and so on and so on.
For example: the Egyptian Pyramids? ‘Nice Try, Johnny-come-lately’ said about 4-5 other peoples that had figured that shit out millenniums before. Why did these other people’s work not stand? Why were they not able to have that world become ‘the world’?
Because they, too, were fucking ‘Lizard-Brains’. “Eat-Fuck-Kill’ taken to the next level, controlling their human brains. The Lizard-Brain was the ‘user’ and the human brain was the ‘program’. The ‘user’ had the ‘program’ serve it’s ego and lust for power, that ‘lust for power’ being an extension of the Lizard Brain’s more primal need. In service of the ego, war destroyed all other progress. War, out of the greed of the few, led to destruction of the means of survival for the whole. It destroyed the innovations, the art, the giant steps in evolution that had been made; razed it to the ground and lowered humanity back to grunting apes for decades or centuries. Rinse, Repeat. Now, we’re on the brink of doing it again.
That’s the Shit That Has To Stop! The Lizard Brain is the enemy of humanity, unless the human brain can channel it’s primordial cousin to spark movement in directions necessary to save us all. ‘My offspring’ will not further it’s bloodline if the whole species goes extinct. The value of pursuing individual safety, comfort, self-actualization is ZERO if We All Die!
So far, I’ve focused on the Lizard Brain, and the Human Brain. How do we get from most highly valuing the most primitive brains to most highly valuing our most developed aspect of our species? We need the ‘glue’ that is our mammal brain. The nurturing brain. that’s what we need to Really Examine, Cherish, Understand. We need to utilize the value of that bridge and that’s why I focused on the example of mammals nursing mammals of other species. How beautiful is that? That literally makes your heart stir when you see a cow nursing a deer or a tiger nursing an antelope or whatever. Seriously, you can find ‘nurturing porn’ in every variety, just about. How many videos of baby lions, tigers, and bears playing together do we need to see to have the lightbulb go on?!?
What’s going on there? Why is that happening? Why are these animals not just immediately killing each other? Because their not hungry, cold, horny-AF?
Meet, just a little bit, the most floor-level needs on Maslow’s chart and these fuckin’ creatures share the love beyond belief. Ah, ‘Beyond Belief’. Why is it beyond belief? Why are we so surprised when we see anything but blood and gore from the animal kingdom?
What is interesting, though, is how animal species kill each other the way humans kill each other. Even mammals fight with their ‘lizard-brain’ motivations…. and that’s where the full value of the Human Brain comes in. That’s where we Should Reign Supreme.
C’mon, ‘Man’ (mankind)! We know enough, now. There’s enough of every resource to care for every human and animal on this planet, and we know enough to find a much better equilibrium of population size to get our numbers back in check. We don’t need to be cruel about it, even. 50 years of intelligent family planning and we would never even need another abortion. We have medicine and technology to prevent men and women from being potent offspring creators for individually AND culturally desired periods of time, until proper times for procreation are at hand. Eugenics? No, just sane procreation philosophies in action. Do we want any child under 18 having babies? Really?
Do we want certifiably insane men procreating?
Logic, and reason, combined with the nurturing ethos of sated mammals, can produce ‘Eden’. We’ve learned the lessons, we’ve just chosen to ignore and discredit the good ones because they shamed and scolded us when we’ve chosen to embrace our lizard-brained selves. We’ve let our lizard-brained selves use our ‘programs’ of logic and reason to rationalize lizard-brained behavior based on lizard-brained priorities.
What is ‘vanity’ that is not ultimately fear? What is ‘pride’ that is not the ‘buzz’ of conquering hunger?
Much of the task necessary to stave off extinction lies in redefining what ‘success’ is. We need ways of identifying ourselves devoid, or at least much less dependent on ”>”or “<“. (‘greater than’ or ‘less than’). How can we encourage fitness without ‘fat-shaming’? How can we appreciate winning a football game without likening ‘losing’ to the primal fear of starvation or being eaten or killed by an apex predator?
Can we ‘nurture’ others who are not our close family and friends without feeling like we’re starving ourselves in the process? ‘Us Against Them’. Does that offer any value, knowing what we know?
More to come….