Selected Writings on Our Animal
Peter | 2 |
Vineeto |2 |
Our Animal Instincts
Discussions about Our
Animal Instinctual Passions
Audio-taped Dialogue | 2 |
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Peter | 2 |
Vineeto | 2 | 3 |
What Are the
What to Do with the
Can I Survive
without Instinctual Passions?
Throwing the Baby
with the Bathwater
No Such Thing
as Blind Nature
Please note that the text below was written by the feeling-being ‘Peter’ while ‘he’ lived in a
pragmatic (methodological), still-in-control/same-way-of-being Virtual Freedom before becoming actually free.
Instinctual Survival Passions
instinct – Innate
impulsion; a natural propensity to act without conscious intention; spec. an innate. Fixed pattern of behaviour in most animals in
response to certain stimuli. Oxford Dictionary
Peter: All sentient beings are born pre-primed
with certain distinguishing instinctual passions, the main ones being fear, aggression, nurture and desire. They are blind Nature’s
rather clumsy software package designed to give one a start in life and to ensure the survival of the species. While absolutely
essential in the days of roaming man-eating animals, rampant disease, high infant mortality, these very same instinctual passions
now threaten the survival of the species.
The instinctual passions only ‘care’ for the
survival of the species – the strongest, most aggressive, the crudest. Further, blind nature gives not a fig for your happiness
or well-being. We are relentlessly driven, despite our good intentions and moral codes, to act instinctually in each and every
situation in our lives and this is the cause of all our angst and confusion.
The instinctual program is located in the primitive
‘lizard’ brain and the almost instantaneous thoughtless automatic instinctual response is termed the ‘quick and dirty’
response. The primitive area of the brain (feelings) makes an initial quick scan of all sensorial input and, if an instinctive
reaction is required, the instinctually-sourced feelings produce a hormonal chemical response almost
instantaneously flooding the body and neo-cortex (thoughts), which then inevitably causes an automatic and
unfettered emotional response – hence an instinctive thoughtless reaction becomes an instinctual passionate reaction.
Thus one is ‘overcome’ by feelings of despair or
sadness, ‘overwhelmed’ with rage or anger, ‘compelled’ to blindly defend one’s ‘own’ and relentlessly ‘driven’
by sexual urges – regardless of the sensibleness and appropriateness of the action.
Fear hobbles us with a
desperate need to huddle together, belong to a group, to seek solace in tradition and the past, to cling on to whatever
possessions and beliefs we hold dear to ourselves, to frantically resist change and, as death approaches, desperately seek
us to fight for our territory, our possessions, our ‘rights’, for those we consider our ‘own’ and for our treasured
beliefs. We fight for power over others lest they have power over us, or throw our lot in to fight for someone who offers us their
power and protection. We lash out at others for no apparent reason and when control breaks down the innate lust to kill, maim and
torture readily surfaces as is evidenced by the fact that 160,000,000 people have been killed in wars this century alone and
repression, torture, domestic violence, rape, sexual abuse, persecution, corruption, murder and suicide are endemic to the Human
Nurture causes us to
care for, comfort and protect those we consider our ‘own’ and leads to dependency, jealousy, empathy, duty, sacrifice and
needless heroism. When nurture fails within the species, as it inevitably does, we turn to animals, pets, trees, ‘endangered’
species, ‘mother’ earth and other non-reciprocating, safe objects.
Desire drives us to
sexual avarice and a blind urge to impregnate, procreate and reproduce ourselves – come what may. The relentless desire to
accumulate, amass, covert, dominate, control and obliterate is the direct cause of poverty, corruption, hunger and famine.
The Holy pretence of rising above the
animal-instinctual mortal into the good, Divine and immortal is but a delusion and has failed to curb the ongoing instinctual
violence and suffering of sentient human beings. The belief that instincts are a constant fixed program ‘you can’t change
human nature’ or we are feeling beings’ is forever dooming this planet to the human-made hell it really is, as directly
experienced by the many or watched in comfort and comparative safety on TV reports by the few.
Contrary to popular belief instinctual passions are not ‘hardware’
but ‘software’ and as such they can be deleted – thereby paving the way for the possibility of actual peace on earth. The
time is now ripe and most humans, given sufficient will and intent , are now capable of weakening the chemical stranglehold that
instinctual passions have on their thoughts and behaviour to such an extent that they can become virtually free of their
influence. Then, and only then, is it possible that their elimination will occur through a mutation in the brain-stem causing a
total and complete disconnection from their source in our primitive animal brain.