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Human Programming and Conflict: Part II — The Role of Myths

Continued from April: Read Part I— Instincts, Imprints and Filters

What are the sources conditioning human psychology and shaping current events? How may humanity change direction so that we resolve our conflicts and shape a healthy and peaceful future?

We feel that the solutions to world problems are based upon human beings finding common ground and working together cooperatively. There exist many bases for realizing that all people share a common ground for cooperation. For example: the scientific research finding that we are 99.99% the same genetically, the fact that we all inhabit the same planet, share the same air and water, the universality of the moral code of the Golden Rule, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the law of equilibrium that governs a healthy environment, a healthy economy, healthy relationships, a healthy body and is the foundation of a healthy judicial system and healthy scientific pursuits. Why is it so hard to realize our common interests and work together to achieve them?

Observance of these natural and man-made laws will not permit individuals and governments to continue to interfere with their beneficial purpose, immune from the consequences. We now experience an immanent threat to biological and social survival. At the same time a common human destiny is sensed by broader and broader segments of society. History is reaching the tipping point between hope and despair. The solutions to world problems are well known. What is preventing the will to cooperate and solve them?

Human beings need to break with the psychological programming conditioning and perpetuating anti-survival behavior. This programming is made of the secular and religious myths that have served human survival in co-existing but insular societies throughout history. These myths need to be replaced by a consciousness fitting to current and future needs of global well-being. Myths enslave thinking and force people to act against natural laws and be manipulated by symbols and charismatic leaders. They even justify behavior that violates the goodwill inherent in human nature.

Myths become obstacles to progress when they fossilize the human consciousness and prevent adaptation to new realities. Although they may serve to educate the populace about life at a certain time, people are still responsible to apply their knowledge without the constraints of inflexible dogma. Myths are metaphores that need to continue to grow and expand with the growth and expansion of human consciousness.

The predominant myths reflect worldviews underlying national identity and theories of government. They shape human expectations and relationships. They co-exist throughout the planet in various forms, but they also coincide with the historic evolution of civilizations. Worldviews tend to fall into the following categories:

    1. Fear of nature
    2. Child of nature
    3. Chosen people or chosen leader
    4. Survival of the fittest
    5. Government of God via religion
    6. Government of law via reason
    7. Government as guardian of individual rights and interests
    8. Government as guardian of the common good
    9. Government as a mechanism controlled by science and economics

The power of past myths is suppressing the requirements of survival inherent in the very fabric of life. We call people obsessed, addicted or insane when they are a threat to themselves or others, driven by passions of anger, fear, greed, hopelessness, superiority, self-righteousness, and lust. Why do we allow the policies of many of our most powerful leaders to jeopardize life on our planet?

Past myths based on the above worldviews are still the basis of human psychology and government, and determine the methods used to deal with world events. Even when a myth seems reasonable for survival, those who act from the viewpoint of the myth must mature and evolve with the requirements of new global realities. Failure is the greatest indication that natural laws are being violated. Who can deny that humanity is failing in its duties and responsibilities to others and to the planet?

Mythology needs to be replaced by developed spiritual consciousness. Spiritual consciousness is a natural consequence of a developed heart and mind, free from selfish interests and free of manipulation. Spiritual consciousness motivates one to meet the needs of others and serve the common good. This is the urgent need today. Spiritually developed humanity no longer needs myths, doctrines or ideologies in order to do right. Doing right is the inherent quality of being human. What is needed is to peel off the layers of fossilized psychology in order to let the vitality of life do its work.


© 2006 Richard Sidy

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