DISPLACEMENT BEHAVIOUR IN HUMANS

AND ITS CURE
Please first read the summary in
The Habitual Ruts of Secrurity and Pleasure

We focused on everything which gave us security or pleasure and civilisation slowly developed. Unlike all other animals, we learnt how to survive without using our panoramic senses.

We repeated the lessons of the past, combined and created until now, when in the Western world we have an enormous freedom of choice.

Material choice and material greed function in a straightforward manner. Our culture endorses it, and everyone – except communities and individuals like the Amish – wants it.

But beliefs and ideas are abstract and they are dependent on mutual confirmation. And the modern diversity of beliefs, ideas, and opinions, has no central integrity, we all believe different things.

Any trace of the original animal sense of belonging is long gone; and now, we have even lost the unquestioned beliefs of our tribe; a group of at least 30 people who all believe, unquestioningly, in the same things – with no-one around who disagrees.

Collectively, as a group, we don't know what to believe in, we're psychologically insecure.

And, as a natural habitual response to insecurity, we compensate with our species' tried and tested survival stategy: focusing. Our modern fight for survival takes place in the world of beliefs, abstract focal points.

We are all focusing on political or spiritual answers to our survival crisis. Some have opted out and focus on drink, drugs, sport or sex; some don't care and focus on their own ego. But ultimately it doesn't matter who is right or wrong.

We have collectively developed, what in animal psychology would be seen as a form of displacement activity.

Here is a dividing line.

Displacement Activity

Displacement activity is the term used to describe when animals under stress, revert to inappropriate behavioural habits. For example, hens scratch and peck at nothing just because they feel nervous and insecure; dogs and cats clean themselves when they actually want feeding. Any habitual activity can be displaced.

And we have begun to act like birds in captivity who can't stop chattering, in a desperate search for mates and territory – with compulsive grooming habits and (especially among cockatoos) commonly plucking their own feathers out; and overpopulated deer who will rub off so much musk on their territorial marker trees, that whole rings of bark disintegrate and their territorial trees die.

Humans are collectively displacing – overcompensating for our psychological insecurity with our habitual behaviour. We are destroying ourselves, our culture, and our environment with an inappropriate habit.

This displacement is the driving force behind all our various forms of overfocusing.

In the material world, all the things we made with the focused coordination of our senses and minds, led to an enormous amount of things we can want.

Material greed is a simple example of overfocusing, it has its own repetitious momentum, it will always increase, and material choice enables us to always want more.

Material choice and wanting is socially accepted. It is embraced by supermarkets, confirmed by the advertising business, and it makes money, (which we all know makes the world go round), and furthermore i have never heard of anyone getting offended by someone else choosing Snickers instead of Mars.

But the spiral of increasing beliefs, opinions, conspiracy theories and even lies, has nothing to contain it, it has no balance or direction.

We lack the confirmation of our tribe. We don't know who we are individually or collectively as a culture, and as we become more insecure, we displace more, and the spiral accelerates.

We are forever wanting confirmation of, or needing to defend, our ideas and beliefs, our focal points in life. The endless discussions taking place inside our own heads are self evident. With each individual trying to confirm their own beliefs, ideas, and opinions, by their constant repetition.

Our community no longer has absolute knowledge of who and why we are, and each individual must search for and find their own focal ruts.

Our Involuntary Egoism

It's not because humans are by nature greedy, self-centred egoists. Our egoism is involutary. It is an involuntary response to insecurity – we are displacing.

Let's just put together the whole story so far.

Focusing is always selective. Focusing separates life into specific bits and puts it together again as a relationship, an interdependence between individual focal points.

We even developed abstract symbols, in the form of words and a grammatical system of subjects and objects, which constantly reconfirm this abstract interdependence between separated bits of the world.

Our psychological sciences emphasise the individual, our sociological thought stresses the importance of interrelationships.

And as a natural result of our 'blinkered' focused approach to life, each of us has become our own individual focal point, needing interrelationship, needing another focal point as an anchor or aim, and a reason to live. A subject with something, a verb, to do; in order to get at an object.

Without being egoistical, we want to feel like a sort of cohesive focal point, and we try and do this, by finding a secure and stable relationship with the world outside; an interdependence between individual focal points.

But ultimately these modern ideas on the value of individuality go hand in hand with, and are a product of the one-sided human survival strategy of focusing with our thoughts and senses.

Whereas in ancient times people would find security in their God or Gods  – central almighty focal points.

These days psychology and even modern religious thought is about self realisation, 'finding yourself' and 'being a self-reliant individual' – an independent, self-sufficient ego – who has an identity, and, at best, a purpose in life.

These ideas are considered as admirable, and from our focused point of view they have the appearance of being wholesome.

But surely the basic need is just to feel secure, happy and satisfied?

Being a focal point is a sidetrack. It isn't necessary to 'find ourselves' or be or have a focal point in order to feel whole and wholesome.

Animals have a way of sensing the world directly, now, as a whole, and feeling part of it and wholesome: panoramic sensing. Are we ignoring it? Yes! Why?

We are lost and blind in a vicious circle.

We suffer from a collective mental imbalance, tunnel vision and a blind spot. We're focusing so intensively that we don't even see any other way of experiencing life.

Our cultures have no collective (generic or scientific) name for animals' panoramic sensory abilities. Most lanuguages have no clear descriptive name for the individual panoramic senses. In English we talk about peripheral vision, but animals see the central areas as clearly as the peripheries. And there is no verb to decribe this activity.

Our culture is blind to it, and blind to that experience of life.

The self-centred egoism evident in modern life, is a symptom of our one-sided perspective on life. It's a mental imbalance and illness, an involuntary response to stress, and a symptom of psychological insecurity.

We focused on what we wanted, and what we wanted we always focused on and repeated. And now, we are overwhelmed by the self-perpetuating momentum of the repetitions inherent in focusing. We are overfocusing.

Nature's Balance

Animals coordinate or alternate all their focused activities with periods of panoramic awareness. Panoramic awareness is the natural way to compensate focusing and cure overfocusing.

Sensing in the panoramic way is a way to just be without wanting, without having to do anything or go anywhere, without having a purpose, just being contented and feeling whole. It's another way of feeling life.

All other animals need to use both perspectives in order to survive. Panoramic sensing opens up enormous new potential for securing our survival – individually and as a creative modern culture.

It is available to anyone and everyone. it can be used in combination with any other form of focused worship or meditation etc. without endangering or subverting any cherished belief. It is a universal unifying factor.

As individuals we are missing out on the simplest most direct way to get a sense of wholeness and unity in our lives, and our cultures are missing out on it as well.

Generally speaking, whether a belief is abstract Gods, nature, love, leprechauns or UFOs, i suggest that if it is balanced with periods of panoramic sensing, then it is safe and will profit the culture's survival.

New-Age Teachers with Ancient Methods

We will never get out of the vicious circles if we follow the new-age gurus and try and develop, or even succeed in finding some form of superior consciousness; while at the same time ignoring our basic animal consciousness.

If we want to live as balanced creative human beings, in a balanced creative human culture, we need to understand that animals always balance their focused activities with periods of panoramic awareness. They do this to survive, and it has obviously been a successful method. So, they are the best gurus

We have overcome the daily fears and insecurities which other animals have. There is no need to be on the watch, or ready to be watchful all the time, as animals need to be, to survive. The original practical use of panoramic sensing is obsolete and redundant.

Really? Have we no use for feeling part of everything, happy, safe, at peace, and wide awake?
These effects are promised by many therapies and meditations. By 'panoraming', they can be easily experienced.

Mankind was able to develop, because we used our abstract thoughts to make sense of the practical tangible world. And though it may seem strange or just a play with words, now we need to feel the real tactile world as a whole again – we need to see, hear, smell, and experience the local panorama, the immediate environement – in order to make sense of our abstract world.

It's common to all people and animals – and available to anyone and everyone, no matter which culture or special beliefs. This is not a new religion; this is ancient, something all animals do. It is something we all have in common.

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