In the process of working on my next book, The Aftermath, I encountered a question I have been asking a number of people: What is the source of a humanistic “way of being,” which precedes humanistic behaviors? Most have said, “I don’t know?” Some have said the “heart or one’s inner self.” A few have said, “a spiritual connection.” The reason I asked this question is we are in the process of producing Androids, Cyborgs, and other bionic forms. And I was asking, “What body part, if replaced, loses the connection to that which we describe as humanistic?” The response I get overwhelmingly is the brain. But most are quick to add that the brain in conjunction with the mind is not the source. However, both are necessary to connect to some source that is humanistic in nature. So, what’s the point?
Why is there outpouring, presumably humanistic, when tragedy or crisis occurs? In our normal way of being, we appear to be dominantly survival-individualistic driven. I did not say all or everyone! The first paragraph was to explore “a model” of humanistic functioning that we might use to practice more often; as a conscious act of volition, which is not crisis-driven. Where both the contributor and the receiver are irreversibly changed in a positive way. This what we mean by “small acts of transformation–supporting or contributing with no expectation or agenda in return.” The best answer I can come up with is “expanded state(s) of consciousness where the dominant way of being is compatibility with others. And the brain in combination with the mind is probably a necessity gain access this way of being.
If anyone has any ideas about the question raised in this blog, please reply.