Overcoming the Amygdala Part 91


If you’ve been following this series, you should have realised that departures from ideals are what we call in other contexts ‘insanity’ and that, conversely, correct ideals indicate sanity.

If you fully understand ideals, existing sets of circumstances, departures, and quantification you can bring about sanity in individuals and groups — even nations, if you’re ambitious.

The trouble is that most people accept the existing conditions as ‘normal’ and think that what they see and experience around them is ‘just life’. They come to that conclusion because they are drowning in departures. The whole culture in which we live has been overwhelmed by departures and considers them to be a part of the scene. You have only to look around you at the world of politics, international relations, and domestic government to notice how insane it is. Social media gives us the opportunity to appreciate just how crazy things are all over the place. Very few seem to recognise that politics in its current form offers little hope of any kind of resolution of the world’s problems. That’s partly because politicians tend to be those who want positions of power in order to enforce fixed ideas of what they consider to be ideal, working their way to the top over their opponents, whose ideas are more or less the opposite. Not exactly sane.

We hear daily of soaring insanity, crime and riots. Economic, political and social scenes are apparently deteriorating at a rapid rate so that it sometimes seems that countries will soon lose any will to fight or any economic or social power to resist external take-overs.

In brief, then, people can and do get drowned in their own irrationality. And civilisations rise and fall accordingly. Irrationality is a plague far worse than Covid 19 or any other covid. But it’s not that humanity has a death wish — it simply lacks any clear path forward, out of the mess.

To resolve any unwanted situation at any level — individual, group, social or national — all one would have to do is set some sensible ideals, count up the departures, look at quantities, drop some fixed ideas, and re-channel resources according to what came up.

Would there be any resistance? Possibly. But it would only come from those who did not serve the best interests of the individual, group, society or nation. (It’s an interesting study in itself to trace where resistance comes from when one tries to install an ideal.)

Big situations, then, can be analysed as well as little ones. Some cost in time and action is involved, but it is nowhere near as costly as letting the departures continue.

Rather than continuing to live irrationally, it’s far easier to work out an ideal, look over the existing scene for departures, work out what statistics should exist, find out why the departures are occurring and implement a programme to move towards the ideal.