ZetaTalk: Human Condition
Note: written by Jul 15, 1995
The human condition, on Earth at this time, is deliberately one of
confusion. We will examine several situations that may help to clarify the
issues at play.
- First, humans desire security. The human condition is insecure. From
birth, or particularly at birth, the human is acutely aware of its
insecure position. Nude, tiny, unable to navigate, utterly dependent on
others. The human infant wants to dominate those it is dependent upon.
It is natural for the human to want to dominate its environment. The
human wants to control the climate, the seasons. Homes are structured to
provide summer warmth year round. Food is grown or at least provided as
though harvest season were year round. Storms have no effect, nor do
catastrophes have effect. There is social security, the umbrella of
government aid. Floods and hurricanes are but another reason to open the
government coffers. All this is evidence that the human wants to
dominate its environment.
- Second, the desire to dominate goes outside of inanimate factors. The
human wants to dominate the other humans in its vicinity. Starting with
the infant's desire to dominate its mother, all her attention, and on to
the stage of public opinion, the human desires to be the focus of
attention. The infant wants its cry to bring immediate attention. The
adult wants its comments to bring rapt attention from others in the
conversation group. No difference. Those who can command attention will
get their needs met - so goes the logic. The infant displaced by a
younger sibling is insecure, as it is no longer the focus of attention.
- Third, love comes into play. Love, or empathy, is something felt at an
early age. Empathy is not an emotion reserved for the intelligent,
sentient being alone. Love and empathy are felt by all forms of life,
even plant life, to some degree. It is a factor of life. It is intrinsic
to life. Love and empathy pull the human into a conflict situation with
its desire for security, to be the center of attention. Decisions are
made to share the spotlight, to share resources. These decisions vary
greatly, among humans. Some humans consider others on the same plane as
the self. Other humans rarely, if ever, consider others, and never on
the same plane as the self.
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