How many of us truly realize that we are programmed from the moment we are born into this power structure and the reality that we call our life? Can any of us fathom the fact that the same biological machine, the same DNA coded species, the same hardware, and your very flesh and blood, existed thousands of years ago in an animalistic state? Science demonstrates that humans, no different than us, were in existence thousands of years ago. The animal possessed the same mind, but it existed in small hunter/gatherer tribes – gathering food from the woods, attacking small animals, foraging under rocks for insects and climbing up trees for fruits. This same animal did not have any writing. This same animal used primitive stone tools to prepare food and kill all threats, from harmless beasts to any stranger, who of course, existed in the same state of mind and therefore was a threat. This animal was our body, but it wasn’t our mind. It was a homosapien, but can we still say that it was truly “human?”
What we have in common with our ancestors is this very primitive animal brain that runs on many primitive instinctual animal programs. The actual capabilities of this brain, however, are quite high. In the past, we could not use all of these brain functions because we did not exist on a state of consciousness where we were driven to utilize the more advanced “human” areas of our brain. Unfortunately, we are still not using the full capabilities of this brain. We still have these biologically ingrained animalistic instincts and these instincts are really to follow the leader and stay programmed to consensus reality. Consensus reality at the time of early man was really just a collective band of humans that worked to do what it took to survive and fight off any potential threats.
To put it simply, we are innately programmed to survive in harsh unforgiving environments and social programming was the defense mechanism to protect the primitive human. To act like everyone else did: violent and primitive, was to simply ensure survival. Its disgusting for us to think about, but there was a time when a man was expected to rape and pillage and women were considered mere property. Today we condemn such behavior but to act in any other way in the not so distant past would be anything but human.
Our species – homosapiens – have existed for half a million years. Strangely, it was only about 40 thousand years ago when mankind suddenly saw this explosion of language, art, religion that has since driven our progress to this day. Somehow groups broke out of the animal and suddenly they let loose out of the hunter gatherer primate into a real human: the human as we know it, with ideas, with ch
allenges, with art, with issues and with philosophy. We developed a new reality for ourselves using newly discovered psychological and physical tools, the fruit of using the rest of our brain and not kowtowing to the animal. By breaking out of consensus reality and redefining it, we then had to maintain this redefinition for future generations so they would not exist in the same primal world by following their innate animalistic programs. So culture was developed to maintain a new consensus reality. This way future human offspring born into this society, while still possessing the animal instinct, would be programmed into a different, socially created, mode of reality.
Many anthropologists and writers believe that it was the hallucinogenic drugs that were responsible for helping humans break out of the animal, break out of the primal mold and leave consensus reality. And thus, by breaking out of consensus reality, we did not need to follow the rules of the animal kingdom, which was the old reality. What humans demonstrated was the ability to redefine reality. Of course we could maintain those new realities using culture, but when we stopped breaking out of the animalistic mold, the normal processes go back into operation and we start going back to instinctual behavior, which is to realign the program to consensus reality, to follow the program culture has set for you. As we see in history, often cultures have remained largely stagnant until some significant worldview altering event.
Now we know how our ancestors escaped from the primal hell they inhabited thousands of years ago. But what kind of reality did we escape into. Today, many humans in modern societies are plagued by disillusion, depression and anxiety disorders, and carcinogenic environments? Consider that very little of what we do throughout the day is truly conscious behavior. We are raised programmed into consensus reality and we stop thinking and start reverting back to the primal programs – “follow the leader and stay with the status quo.” Even though culture was created using tools that could redefine it, like language and art, people instinctually tend to stay within the consensus mode rather than challenge the status quo by using cultural tools and trying to redefine reality. Modern western culture is the most rapidly evolving macro-culture, and while it is shifting ever more rapidly, it has not changed very much and most of the pushes to change culture have come from technology. Western culture is by far the most advanced and most far removed from the primal and it is because of we took technology and ingrained it into our culture, thus creating western industrialized civilization. The reason technology has driven our rapid advancement is because technology evolves at an exponential rate and continually produces artifacts that challenge our perceptions of reality. We are born programmed into our culture, we then interact with the constantly evolving technology, and what results is this self driving, self evolving force: the so called “information revolution.” Using culture we have been upholding our reality and by using technology we have created an automatically evolving culture.
Now here we are today, on the verge of singularity and rapid paradigm shattering changes that will completely redefine our existence and what it means to be human. Pretty soon “homosapiens” may not exist, because we will change ourselves to fit our own designs and we will no longer be human, but a strange bionic meld of man and machine. We will be, “more human than human” so to speak. This leads to the question philosophers have asked for thousands of years: what does it mean to be human? I think the real answer is that humans have the potential to escape social programming, for better or for worse. To be human is to exercise the will to select your reality and to pick and choose aspects of programming that you want. In essence, to be truly human is to escape social programming and choose certain behaviors so as to fit in comfortably, yet still think for oneself.
As discussed, little of what we do today is conscious, but when presented with the ability to leave earth and the ability to leave your body, all you truly have is your consciousness. Culture is basically a tool to maintain a consensus reality, but consensus reality is a very limited perspective on reality. Consensus reality, and therefore culture, are really holding us back and we need to understand these ideas as the necessary evils that they really are and realize that we can transcend this idea of consensus reality and culture. Today, humans in the western industrialized world largely have peace and safety, but we need to take the risk to break out of the program. We need to let it go, or it will have a very negative impact on our future.
We need to establish a primacy in personal reality over consensus reality. Soon we will have the technology whereby we will not need culture to program us into reality, because we will comprehend and define our own reality. But we cannot let ourselves program into one person’s or one group’s or one government’s view of how reality should be or let this program influence us when we begin to re-engineer ourselves genetically. We need to destroy culture, establish individual primacy, kill the old gods, destroy the old paradigms, and start afresh. We need to break out of this power struggle reality and understand that it is not the only way, that there can be more, there is more, and that we just need to unlock it. If we want to deal with a rapidly changing reality and a tangible possibility of defining our own reality, then we must turn to the only tool that has proven to break us out of consensus reality and show us that reality is always anything we want it to be. We need to turn to the world where there is no limit to reality, and this is the world of the shaman and guru: the world of knowledge, spirits, sounds, and visions. It is a world that human cultures have found many ways to access, and a world that has contributed on so many levels to our advancing state. We just need to find the right keys that work in our own life to the right doors that exist in our own minds and we will see all the possibilities, and then we can aim for what we individually deem is the best.
Culture will soon be a dead idea, a relic from our “primal” pre singularity past. Soon we will be able to define our reality using technology. We won’t need a culture to program the human to work in reality because the individual will program reality to work with them. Soon we are going to jump-start evolution on a timescale never seen before and never comprehended before except in the altered state. We must make culture and the machinery of the status quo extinct or we will become extinct. We must change, we must evolve, and we must abandon all that holds us back. Forever changing is not easy and it is the burden of being human but it is this burden that allows us to transcend into beings that are more human than human.