When we arrive on this planet through physical birth, we are taught by the humans who were already here how to live being human in a body. But what if being physically born doesn’t mean what we have been told it does…
What if the process of being born isn’t actually at all what it seems?
and because of that:
What if the way we are living today as human beings on planet Earth
is radically far and away limited and different from how it actually could be?
When we start asking questions like these, questioning the fundamental assumptions we make about everything related to our humanity, it has been my observation that we can start experiencing strange and interesting lives, doing strange and interesting things. It becomes possible to really start to actually live.
But, Maren (I can already hear my self saying in my own head), what about those aspects of these physical human bodies that we have that seem to need specific and constant attending to? Those things we currently do to stay in this land of the living that is…those daily things we MUST(?) do to be here in this physical form remaining healthy and alive? Aren’t there hard and fast rules that must be followed?
There are biologically necessary things all human beings inherently need to do to stay alive, right?
(I realize there are holes in my thought construction here which at the moment I am skipping over, but if you will indulge me and keep reading, I will owe you one).
There are many ways of talking about how all this being human on Earth goes down, but I will use just one particular construct of thought in the form of a model for reality that I was taught to be valid. I think it will help illustrate what I am myself attempting to understand.
As a 16 year old student, into the life of M walks Abraham Maslow to the rescue, “helping” anyone who has had a psychology 101 class since 1943 learn more about just what our basic human needs actually are. And with that price of college admission, we also get taught (more or less) the order in which these needs must be met for us to build the living of a full human life on.
With this model, to remain alive, human beings must first have and keep their focus on obtaining air, water and food, and then shelter and…well you can see the way this works by starting at the base of the pyramid and building up:
(M’s Rumi heart, flowery version of the way things are supposed to be)
And for those who appreciate the Zen like clarity of uncluttered visual communication:
I was taught this model by the “educated” elder humans of the west who were considered to be wise and learned…good human beings, with well intended hearts. Humans who in their wisdom through age and experience, purported to know what was going on here on Earth and were helping me remember, too.
However, I for some time (really probably my whole life when I really look at it) have detected the smell of a rat in the way things are working here with most human beings living on this planet. Something has felt terribly wrong with the “whats” and the “hows” that most of us have been taught to focus on and ascribe to. There is something fundamentally wrong with who we are taught we are… what we are taught we are. Those misperceptions in thinking are then built upon as faulty misconceptions develop as we confine humanity with a set rules for the ways we actually can and cannot live in return.
And being the ailurophile that I am, when we sniff out a rat, one is supposed to find it, pounce and kill, right? That is just the way things work here on planet Earth…eat or be eaten.
9,000,000 + views later and a few more of us on the planet now know of a different potential to contemplate
What can happen when a momma cat is not around to teach the baby cat and a mamma rat to teach the baby rat…and loosely paraphrasing Isaiah in the Bible, thus speaketh the spirit of a viral post on the all wise oracle source otherwise known as YouTube: “And the cat and the rat can and shall lie down together.” 🙂
Can thinking in a different way about birth and being human rewrite the rules that make up the experience of what being human is? What happens when we become human beings who drop the attachment to what they do with their “human” and are focused on just “being”? Is what we are currently experiencing on the planet really just one set of many available teaching models put into place that has turned into unconscious habits in living action?
Well, consider with me the idea that old Maslow may have gotten the laundry list of basic human needs pretty much right, but then he just put them in the wrong order. Look at the current state of human affairs in the world. That is what is created by living from the generally accepted understanding of what it is to be human with it’s focus on physiological needs put first.
However, within the current creation out there, there still are found to be some pretty radical seeds for new thoughts. What if popularly accepted Christian cannon is on to something big with the idea that after we arrive here, we need to be born again? Or as Buddhist cannon discusses (with very different beginnings but arriving at similar destination thoughts), the idea that we have not really been born at all!
We now take Maslow’s original thought in hand. Take it as it currently is, in appreciation & love for what our elders have taught us and the world it has created, but still while doing this:
…flipping the foundations on the current system. Wait, that was the wrong picture! (See below 🙂 ) What I meant is taking this model I was taught, and then turning the ideas on their head.
What happens when you flip the hierarchy around and build the living of a human life living from the top down? Being human starting with humans just being. What kind of world would we create and what would human beings be able to do while living as humans being in a world focused on self-actualization first?
Yet hark, what is that I hear still rattling near the trash cans in yonder dark alley of my living?
Even after thinking that I can love the rat and leave the race, I still begin to hear a little voice full of fears in my head that says: yeah, but, yeah, but, yeah, but, yeah, but…FIRST FOCUS ON DOING WHAT? first must be food or starve then must be shelter or freeze…. oh really?!
Just some additional things I have been thinking about today. I am tired of arguing with myself for the current collective limitations we have set in humanity… where so many of us are wrapped up in worrying about the traditionally accepted lower rungs of our current living ladder that there is no room for creating much of anything new into reality. Anyone else out there with additional thoughts to share?
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The only currently detected fears that human beings are physically born with:
fear of falling & fear of loud noises
Past these, I think the rest of what is happening on Earth is pretty much human beings who have developed and passed on learned bad habits. These habits we were taught when we got here based on a foundation of human focus on physiological needs first linked to lack and fear. But the good news about habits, they can be changed…and their associated unconsciously enforced rules then seemingly bent and broken.
There are more and more humans who are leaving the habitual thinking of the current rat race, and doing extraordinary things in their actual ways of living. What a gift for thinking about new potentials past the current habits of being human. Just what IS possible every day?
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M does not claim to know sh*t. But she can share the fact that no animals were eaten or harmed in any way during the writing of this post; although Maren herself, did consume 3 Trader Joe’s rolled oat & chocolate chip fiberful granola bars during the creation process. (So we see, she is a human being still eating 🙂 ) BUT, as the result of prior deep reflection, she is happy to report that she has stopped seeing the need to shave her legs. She has stopped shaving as a visual reminding protest of the strange things that we human beings are taught to do to our bodies, (and then without really thinking about automatically do) which become the habits of being human. It is doing things for no good, apparent reasons that sucks the access to real living away. Habits, that with awareness, can then be changed without going Brazilian or needing to kill the cat.
Belas pernas, senhora! Diz, baby você quer fixar, por mim? (Meow)
-for those of you who may be wondering what all this rambling and crazy post is stemming from, it is a building on my continuing thoughts from the video links here: X