There are two sources of organization for bodily functioning: the "metabolic" bodily vector, which we can call bottom-up; and the 'positive
recognition' social vector. Coherency is defined as 'symmetry of response'. If were eating the best foods, getting good amounts of sleep, and staying
physically active, were doing much to support the coherency of the bottom-up vector. We inducing our cells to process energy in less entropic ways.
The top-down vector is poorly understood, probably because of the influence of mysticism on the feeling and thinking of most humans. When you respect
mathematics - and above all, the concept of symmetry - the "golden rule" ends up being the control parameter of how our states of mind operate.
Recognition reinforces the positive state you were expressing, and thus functions as a 'dyadic expansion of consciousness' (Tronick). Call it love, or
recognition, or dyadic attunement, or 'being known'; they all express a 'symmetry' of need; a symmetry of interdependence.
Now, the brain and the mind are a single developmental process. Mysticism often talks about the mind as if it were a 'thing' that exists independently
of the body; this is the influence of wishes getting in the way of what the evidence indicates. The mind EMERGES from the brain; its processes ARE the
brains processes; it's structure, the same thing as the neural structure of your brain. Is this a problem for spirituality? Absolutely not. Humans are
evolving a more precise spirituality that is based on a closer and more accurate ontology, as derived from the objevtive sciences.
Now, again, the mind and body both have their own sort of symmetry processes going on. Certain foods are better than others; and likewise, certain
ways of being are better than others.
If the mind-brain of the human is structured by recognition dynamics, where a "hit" means having your affective experience 'positively' attuned to,
with 'positive' defined as 'complementary' to what would be best for his development, and a 'miss' as those moments where absorption in self needs
leads you to fail to recognize a need in the 'other' (and lead to a conscious negotiation between your needs and theirs) and so produce a tiny
'asymmetry' in brain dynamics - with asymmetry defined as the relative distribution of energy in the brain.
With reality being this fine-tuned, and the brain, the "meat machine", actually a spiritual organ that has formed according to 'spiritual', or
logical, rules related to survival, it can be difficult to recognize that every feeling and thought you have is dynamically interpretable according to
how symmetry dynamics (recognition dynamics) have evolved within your consciousness since birth.
The real funny thing is how denigration of the physical led to this hyper-polarized belief in an 'ideal realm'. The physical world, in fact, is better
thought of as a 'psychophysical world', or a physiosemiotic continuum, where all matter and the forces at play exist in a mutual interdependence. The
human mind emerged from an obviously semiotic body. Apes have minds - but not anything that can be called an 'ego'. This evidently emerged at least 1
million or so years ago, where a 'string' of self-states could assemble into identities built around various forms of social interaction and life
maintenance. This transition also entailed a naive-spirituality, particularly as the invention of fire began to metaphorically enliven the hominid
brain-mind to recognize a metaphor in its behavior. It is from this recognition, and probably a day-night time dynamic where during the day the
pragmatics of living, caring and playing led way to the 'mystical' explorations of the night. Such back-and-forth daily activity no doubt functioned
as a spur in the generation of our more imaginative functions.
Anywho, we can see that we are far from that simple world, where no 'referent' existed for the sort of psychology we manifest today. We moderner's
reflexively project our present day motivations and meanings onto the ancient past, and we think it is just like it is now. I sense this is the wrong
idea - and it fails to take into account the traumatological history of the last 4000 years, where warfare and mayhem of the crudest kind was the
rule, not the exception. Personalities and cultures were mostly formed in the shadow of the past. Traumas - losses - inevitably bred 'defensive'
responses that were mostly imitative of the aggressors, and so history developed something like this: a Hegelian dialect built around recognition
dynamics, with the referent and stand for 'truth' shifting more and more to the left the more trauma there is: the left being defined as 'supporting
individualistic feeling of needs', whereas a symmetrically functioning mind is able to contemplate and consider the logical consequences of his
actions (embodying logos), the person with unresolved trauma is driven by the dynamics of his development to maintain contact with that primary
overarching 'attractor' - its value system - for its cognitive wellbeing.
Everyone, therefore, functions as they do to avoid going insane - for if the truth about yourself were completely shown, if the asymmetry of the way
others have treated you, and the asymmetry with which you've treated others - fully known - the self's we identify with, the people we 'thought' we
are, would fall apart under the weight of the gaze of the logos.
Now, I am speaking of "logos" as if it were logic embodied - and that is how I see it; it is the tip at the top of the pyramid which allows us to
follow cause and effect. If we identify with it, it leads to where it obviously will lead to i.e. love.
This fact, that love is at the 'core' of our functioning, means we can know much about ourselves simpy by recognizing how it is were affected by
things. Love is simple, and hence, I can scarcely improve on the words of the ancient Chinese sage Mencius, even though he lived over 2500 years ago.
Where I can improve upon him is in describing the processes and situations and dimensions which affect how cognition develops. I can speak more
specifically about the 'breadth' of human experience, and yet, like him, the logic of personal self-organization is still built around love.
Where todays people are advantaged is not just in mathematics, but in physics: we now know that the physical world is a 'cascade' of symmetry
dynamics, and that our minds are a complex functional consequence of the existential dynamics which physical systems like us spontaneously evolved.
The logic of the first cell and the logic of how we work makes sense; it makes sense how the situation of that first 'living' form would, if time
continued to add to its expressed properties, uncover what 4 billon plus years of continuity makes clear: life is relentless, and special, and sacred,
To be hurt; to violate the needs of the vulnerable, is to embody asymmetry not merely in the others being - but in your own as well. Shame and pain
for him TODAY, and for you, the pride and pleasure of expressing strength. But such dynamics are ntological coupled; doer-done to. Shame-Sadistic
Pride; you do to me, and I, in the future, may find someone weaker than me to do that to as well.
This logic is the logic of a 'single self', where how one person behaves truly does affect the dynamics of the whole, particularly by affecting how
the cognitive self identifies and understands its behavior.
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