posted on Jun, 12 2015 @ 07:29 PM
We humans are a supremely defensive creature. And why is that? Simple: were animals. Our physiology, just like the physiology's of homologous
creatures (all other mammals, invertebrates, and upwards, the closer we are - such as with primates - the more alike our nervous systems are) is built
in a simple arithmetic: adapt to survive. As such, our body's react, react unconsciously, in inherently defensive ways, in damn near most moments of
our earthly and imaginary mental activity.
When were awake and doing what we do in the morning, we don't quite appreciate the context that "scaffolds" or every experience. To do what we do
at most moments, we needed to have certain types of experiences. Most people have these experiences because our physiology enacts (through our
unreflected upon behavior) shifts in thinking, feeling and intention when we receive a certain kind of feedback. To put this idea in neurological
terms, the right brain "frames" the activity we experience through the self-reflective left brain. When we articulate something, we notice our
action of articulation - and the intent and meaning we ascribe to the act. What we don't notice is the CONTEXTUAL background - the experiences of the
past - adjust and articulate certain aspects of reality, while dissociating what possesses a threatening affective/emotional feeling tone.
Take any communication we engage in. We understand "the self" we need to enact in order for this communication to go smoothly and comfortably. Each
moment of these interactions, certain metacognitive "appraisal" systems make micro-adjustments to the perceived feeling aspects of every nuanced
expression in the other.
We also have basic needs, existing separately, "constellating" thoughts, feelings and "self-object" experiences - those experiences which give us
the implicit sense of "this is me, and I like it". How we speak, how we notice things, how, how, how. This basic narcissism is present in every
healthy mind, and basically in any individual who experiences positive emotion/affect. "Affect", btw, means those bodily feelings that accompany
emotional experience. The lightness in the stomach (a vagus/enteric system process) the freeness of the limbs and a simple and comfortable sense of
warmth, these experiences are "rewards" to the dopamine system of our ventral striatum. This part of the brain "constructs" our experiences by
providing an implicit qualia of intense pleasure. We unknowingly 'seek' this pleasure, in a way totally consistent with any other seeking/reward
behavior observed in mammals, reptiles, and microbiota. I do not mean to reduce human beings to simple animals, but there is a basic and enormously
strong logic to the simplistic necessity of evolutionary forces: you either adapt yourself neurochemically (via cell activity) to the outside
perturbation, or you die. And it appears, very basically, that the evolution of biological organisms follows this basic principle. Overtime, this
process moved into more complex neural patterns, creating creatures that could move themselves and feel as "one" in doing it (despite the
coordinated activity of millions/trillions of cells), ultimately leading to homo - australopithecus - a sort of ape-man hybrid, bipedal but with a
chimp brain, Homo Erectus, Homo Neanderthalus, and Homo Sapiens. Erectus discovered fire. Neaderthals had the intelligence for culture, language, and
a rudimentary self-awareness.
Human evolution has been H-A-R-S-H