Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Can we harmonize the enigmas of human nature in our religious and social philosophy?
Modern definitions of human nature have been mainly seen as abstract ideas with little resemblance to life. Why has that happened? The central dynamic of successful survival and reproduction tell lies or manipulates the truth, consciously and unconsciously, in seeking success in survival and reproduction.
It is not that we need to release an unconscious mind that does not calculate, we have to understand better both the unconscious and conscious mind, as well as the primary drives of life and human nature.
One of the biggest lies takes place, which again is done in the interest of attaining success, when we deny that there even is a human nature, claiming that human behavior is determined by culture and the environment.
Philosophy and psychology have been mainly dissociated from biology, again, so as to consciously or unconsciously manipulate or even deny the basic drives of life and human nature, in the blind drive toward success.
Where has this behavior gotten us? It has brought us to the present political and cultural nihilism and disillusionment with modern life, seen throughout the western world.
Can we harmonize these enigmas of human nature in our religious and social philosophy? The same passions animate us that have always animated us, and they need to be honestly proclaimed and seen within our identities and values. The real activating drives of human life will take us both backward and forward.
The social/cultural structures most in harmony with real human nature, which developed many thousands of years ago, remain kin-centered, gender defined, age-graded, heterosexual marriage-making, hierarchical, ethnocentric, even xenophobic, and religious-making, among other things, with group-selection as the primary unit of selection. This has not changed.
But more than recognizing and affirming real human nature in political life, we need to recognize the deepest activation of life and human nature, which I have defined here as the Super-Id or the material Spirit-Will-To-Godhood that moves life ever toward Godhood in material evolution, with starts and stops along the natural way.
In other words, affirming real human nature does not reject religion as has been feared. And ascetically denying human nature does not bring us toward real Godhood, it brings us only to the inward symbolic experience of Godhood featured in traditional religions, which we keep but transform in our outward material evolution toward Godhood.
When this identity and these values are harmonized with human nature, we see that religion and political philosophy can bring forward new/yet/old structures, such as the separations of regions and states in ethnopluralism, with religion, philosophy, and science aiding not only in our daily lives but aiding in the evolution of all life toward Godhood.