Competition and cooperation

Every living being on this planet obviously managed to survive, and deserves the name ‘winner’. According to the common paradigms surrounding evolution, this means the living entity successfully ‘competed’ against others to maintain the state of aliveness. But does that make much sense?

Even the simplest form of life, single-cell organisms, needs a cooperative environment much more than competitive elbows to fight off others. If the environment ‘competes’ with bacteria, ie becomes toxic for them, they can’t live at all. Only ‘cooperative’ environments support life.

While many people mistake ‘environment’ for the nice backdrop of photos in exotic places, it usually contains more life than the person in the foreground of the photo. All plants and animals humans consume for food have been alive, not competing for an abstract imaginary universal food called money, but creating the self-sustaining support web of life.

Competition exists, although usually arising from opportunity, and not as a normal way of life. Especially mammals seem to spend more time on grooming each other than contesting their social ranking. Not even predator and prey compete with each other, yet create a dynamic balance which supports diversity around them.

Humanity acted often like ecological terrorists, deliberately upsetting the dynamic equilibrium of eco-systems they invaded. At least since the British Empire some people engage actively in geo-engineering the planet. The continents known as America, Africa, Asia and Australia had to cope with introduced species, transforming the eco-systems in unpredictable ways.

Pigs coming to America by boat with Christopher Colombo ‘competed’ with the native wildlife from one perspective, cooperated with it from another. The introduced ‘food’ source made life easier for the invader, the transformation of the eco-systems made life more difficult especially for more complex beings including humans.

The rise of the dominator society needs competition, and the firm believe in its primacy as survival tool. It acts as the screen to project the illusion of nations, religions and corporations on. A firm understanding of the value of cooperation obliterates nationalism, fundamentalism and materialism. The dominator society managed to create a system which bases on the competitive ‘struggle for survival’, as well as the implicit cooperation of the dispossessed.

Humanity has been indoctrinated with the ‘winner’ meme, and lack of imagination means only fight can make winning happen. Cooperation creates win-win situation, synergy, a whole system bigger than the sum of its parts. Each human can win out, without the need for losers. This attitude exists after the cataclysms, and on smaller scale throughout history in some groups. Common sense, decency and facts can easily dismantle the myth of scarcity as foundation of the current global economic system. Fear-based propaganda keeps it alive.

The current economic model made it literally to the top of the pyramid of economic systems, mainly by out-living its competition in a process of continuous violent pre-emptive self defence. It fails to provide access to the abundance of this planet for all members of the human family, and endangers the ability to sustain large numbers of human beings. The evolutionary tree of economic systems needs for branching to liberate the planet from domination and economic slavery.

Nutrition

Humans co-evolved with their environment, and adapted to a variety of different diets. Or rather can host a variety of different sets of micro-organisms in their guts pre-processing what ever lands in the digestion tract.

This adaptability means even unbalanced diets containing of junk food will get the eco-system in the guts working, with potentially harmful consequences for the human host. Food can pre-determine the emotional defaults humans experience, reflecting the harmony existing in stomach and intestines.

While humanity successfully adapted to a variety of locally available food sources, the meme of preserving food transformed the attitude towards food in detrimental ways. The desire to have any sort of taste available at any given time to synthesise tastes and create food-like substances.

Ancient ideas about nutrition, deriving from Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, appreciate the diversity in body types. Nutritional advice bases on the body type and current constitution, the Western approach about ‘one size fits all’ and ‘super-foods’ doesn’t really apply.

Processing food and genetically engineering, combined with an abundance of environmental toxins to grow food in industrial style, contribute to the epidemic of food intolerances existing mainly in the Western world at this time of history.

If ‘food’ remains looking good month it has been prepared, and not even micro-organisms or insects would want to use it, it might have only little to none nutritional value at all. While many places don’t allow to harvest fresh food all year round, some forms of preservation manage to maintain healthy properties better than others.

Not all areas humans inhabit would permit a ‘vegan’ diet, not using any animal products. The respect given to any animal consumed for human survival matters more than the fact consuming something which was alive. If humans can sustain their metabolism without food, no harm to other species need to be inflicted. Otherwise, harm minimisation and respect for other beings seem more important than vegan political correctness.

Yet the view of food as ‘product’ led to the absurd consequence of ‘over-production’ of food – in the least few years about 30% more food than required for the survival of 7 billion humans has been produced, and still some of the human family die of starvation. The systems build to provide security for societies fail to provide essentials for all of humanity.

The second hand reality suggests rather food scarcity, severe enough to throw compassion over board. It appears rather bizarre that in a time of massive information interchange that obvious myth still bears credibility, but then, domestication works better than expected even with a self-aware species like humans.

Local food production would solve many of the perceived problems humanity faces right now. It demonstrates the abundance inherent in life, it grounds humans (literally), and fresh ingredients in a self-prepared meal often act as medicine. Food independence counteracts domestication, which is why the Agenda 21 was devised. It aims to implement centralised food production and distribution, creating dependency to a system of domination.

Local food production is not only possible, but required for the evolution of humanity. Enough people staring edible garden, especially in urban settings, can make industrial style agriculture obsolete. Solutions for growing food in a variety of climate zones exist, and applying these would increase the knowledge required for smooth operations.

Eating non-food for humans hungry for more. If humanity doesn’t tame its rapacious appetite, it will destroy the basis to sustain such a large number of domesticated individuals. This doesn’t happen for the first time in planetary history. No one knows yet whether this time humanity leaps to the next level.

 

Motivation

The dominator society exploits the common misconceptions about the role of humanity in the greater scheme of things in many ways. Humans get distracted from exploring their inner nature by the suggestion to trust in experts.

The idea of genetic determinism still informs many opinions about human nature, generations have been indoctrinated to accept a programmed second hand reality. Many people buy into the suggestion to a slave to genes, hormones and physics, seeking remedy for health problems with clever mechanics for the human machine.

Humans have two basic internal systems of reward, immediate and delayed. In early childhood, delayed gratification needs to be developed. Mature people usually have acquired the skill to decide upon immediate and delayed gratification in any given situation.

Classical conditioning utilises reward and punishment, both of which can be delayed or immediate in case of humans. It taps into what Buddhism calls the major cause for suffering, craving and aversion. Suffering, due to too much craving for material goods, fear of losing them and the aversion to many things seem like the predominant state of being for many people.

Not all the desires humans naturally display need to lead to suffering. Maslow described the hierarchy of needs, with food and shelter on the lowest rank. Happiness and acceptance also belong to the category of experiences humans naturally aspire to.

Many cultures determined the heart as primary, reliable decision maker, yet nowadays, distracted by the marvels of technology, believe in the primacy of the mind runs rampant. This makes it easier to control society simply by giving empty promises, especially about gratification for actions taken.

The concept of heaven and hell looks like the oldest meme influencing human behaviour on the basis of delayed gratification and punishment. From a modern perspective the emptiness of these promises becomes very apparent, as authentic accounts of this mystical realms simply don’t exist.

As the ‘after-life’ doesn’t fit too well into the scientific paradigms of the modern world, the promises of delayed gratification became more mundane. Annual increase in salary, holidays and pensions suggest ‘heaven’ on Earth, weekends, entertainment and drugs tap into the immediate gratification process.

As people spend most of their time in their minds, they lose their ability to distinguish between their own experience and vicarious experiences. While the promises given by the dominator society didn’t hold true for them, they heard the story of others often enough to believe in a genuinely fair system.

The attention given to the mind often distracts from the present moment. Humans can shift their awareness in amazing ways, yet it takes initiative or good examples to master one’s attention, and shift it to a useful space. Obsession with one’s own mind has become an epidemic within humanity, as one of the building blocks of slavery.

A mind disconnected from this universe can be afraid of anything. Living in fear, however, prevents rational thinking, and trains human beings to act in ways inconceivable from the position of a self-aware entity in an interdependent environment.

Societies flourish by cooperation, and disintegrate by a focus on competition. It will take some well experienced souls to provide enough examples and insights in the necessity for cooperation to stop the cataclysm for the human species.

Second hand reality

The ability to transmit information over time with the help of symbol systems like images, mathematics and written language helps speeding up learning, as well as it helps to manipulate people. Each culture develops its own stories to explain the role of their specific group in the greater scheme of things.

Purely oral story telling limits the amount of information accessible to a culture. Contemporary global society, with libraries, museums, TV and the internet offers an excessive amount of stories people can access. While stories might help to understand experiences in new ways, they can also prevent people from making experiences.

Humans cannot detect the veracity of information delivered as story, even though some people pride themselves in having this ability. Generally, humans tend to believe everything which has been repeated often enough, no matter how reasonable bits of information might be.

This process helps creating authority through inanimate objects – people tend to obey messages written on signs, or pieces of paper, without anyone watching. It goes even so far that some remind others to stay obedient, although it’s not their job. The believe in the power and authority of signs and written down words works precisely like a magic spell, influencing the behaviour of others remotely.

It doesn’t take one’s own experience to anticipate the consequences of ‘breaking the rules’, the stories humans program themselves with show exactly what supposedly happens. In first hand reality of experience, most of times exactly nothing happens, unless one gets caught by somebody else watching.

People get trained, conditioned and encouraged to believe in second hand reality, to seek an external confirmation for which behaviour counts as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. In larger societies, cultural norms get transmitted via the stories providing this second hand reality, independent thinking often gets punished.

Yet it is part of human nature to trust inner guidance to find out what’s good or bad, unless one’s capacity for empathy is impaired. Most activities, however, belong to the category ‘entirely harmless’, and thus would make for pretty boring stories.

Human beings need to learn a lot before they can function relatively independent. The nervous system can be programmed to acquire any kind of motor skill, language or cultural rule set. Most things get learned by imitation, often in a laborious process of trial and error. Yet the procedural memory doesn’t get the attention it deserves, modern ‘civilisation’ focuses largely on intellectual learning.

The ability to deduct rules and patterns from observation provides the most interesting  information transferred over time. The understanding of natural processes build the foundation for technology, albeit self-organised technology utilised by other species than humans still excels in elegance and efficiency.

Technology supports the domestication of humans in many ways. It creates tangible artefacts of the unique ability of humans to manifest ‘new’ things, like houses, boats, machines and mobile phones. Humanity’s superiority in the universe can easier be sold once humans grow up in virtual environments.

Technology also helps to dominate individuals resisting the domestication attempts. It acts as multiplier for the meme of wilful submission, latent supplier of fear and violence. Buckminster Fuller envisaged a world without hunger and poverty, based on the ability of technology to adapt sustainably to the environment.

The aliens here know for sure that a cooperation with the rest of life on a planet allows any self-aware species to thrive, without the need to endanger the basis for their own survival. They patiently hope to break the spell of dispossession and domination humanity suffers from.

Dispossessed

Billions of species coexist and co-evolved on planet Earth, and contribute to the amazing diversity of eco-systems humans can experience. No straight line exists in this universe, although human architecture attempts a lot to suggest the opposite. As nowadays about half of the human population lives in urban environment, dominated by architecture, they might easily miss out on the fractal nature of self-organised environments.

Conscious beings perceive their environment and interact with it. The mostly synthetic environments in which humans grow up, especially in big cities, distracts from the fractal, pervasive and interactive character of self-organised eco-systems. Without the good example of symbiotic existence, the meme of separateness turns into a meta-meme informing most of the thinking.

While it takes some time to initially grasp the concept of separateness, as soon as it takes hold, separation gets hammered in. Once infants develop a theory of the mind, the meme-plex of disconnection dominates the way to explain life, environment, society and universe. The family of currently about 7 billion human beings splits up along the lines of nationality, religion, socio-economic status, gender, profession, sexual preferences, social capital, etc.

If humans considered themselves as members of the same, large family, many domestication strategies could not function anymore. The virtue of birth determines largely the access to resources necessary for survival, and defaults the life choices available. The virtual world of humanity composed out of numerous classes makes domestication necessary, and maybe a fun game for some involved in it.

Just like in the stories about slavery, most humans not only are born into dispossession, but as property of some mysterious concept. Citizenship, commonly misunderstood as something rather noble, entails granting an institution sovereignty over one’s life. For the ‘greater good’, people are forced by taxes, fines, fees, permits, rent, etc.

A lot of variations of privilege destroy the ideal of being born equal, the magic spell of the ‘system’ makes this unjust constellation seem inevitable. Very often the inequality of the system strengthen the idea of competition, degenerating human existence to a mere struggle for survival.

Survival reflects rather the result of adequate adaption to the environment than functioning as a primal motivation. Most humans live in an artificially impoverished environment, which distracts from the cooperative character of the web of life on the planet. Humanity consider itself largely as ‘top of the food-chain’, yet they differ from other predators just by their rapacious appetite for energy.

The most ruthless among humans predators created the system of domination deliberately to dispossess the majority of their fellow humans. They adapted the strategy of one alien race which existed in this corner of the universe even before the solar system emerged.

Not every form of life needs a physical body, which makes them harder to notice than the text-book aliens modern sci-fi stories describe. The Archons exist in a dimension usually inaccessible for human perception, which didn’t stop them to interfere with humanity.

The humans on the relatively small team of dominators believe to have successfully domesticated most humans on this planet. Yet the dominators have been domesticated by the Archons, and are therefor similarly disconnected from source like those dominated by them.

It’s a kind of magic

While written language is commonly considered as sign of civilisation, it rather indicates systems of domination and domestication. Stories were invented to put humanity not only on top of the world, but the entire universe. In their imagination, everything literally revolved around them.

In a way, this misconception holds at least some kernel of truth in it. Each individual aspect of universal consciousness, like a human being, centres on itself. This applies to every being on this planet though, all have this perceptual property and it might be easy to misunderstood this.

Experience of the bigger picture, traditionally accessible to shamans and similar healers in the community, can impress fellow humans immensely. It takes a lack of empathy, though, to convert advanced knowledge into a tool to create individual power, backed up by hierarchies.

Written language allows the vicarious experience of the inter-connectedness of life, and to derive claims to power from it. It allows the introduction of classes into society, required to submit part of the population to the strategies of domestication.

Hierarchies on Earth were initially derived from the invented hierarchy in heavens. With limited access to experiences of the bigger picture, written stories became a powerful tool. The role of humanity was special enough to run the entire planet, however, the average human got convinced into his/her domestication by claiming that they are still animals.

The idea of ‘gods’ allowed thus the separation into those few destined to rule, and those who had to follow. While all forms of life on this planet are equally important to maintain a highly complex web of life, a more educated classification of life makes sense.

Alfred Korzybski developed a useful distinction of the life forms on this planet, managing to assign humanity the special role they have without separating them out as masters of the universe. His concept also reflects the likely temporal order of evolutionary leaps, without the need for the arrogant assumption that evolution ends with humanity.

The first class of life to appear on the planet was the chemical-binding form of life. Microorganisms and plant life convert sun light and heat in chemical forms of energy. In multi-cellular organism, the primary use of acquired energy was spend for growth.

The second class of life consists of animal life in a variety of forms. It still requires the chemical transformation of energy for its metabolism, but it is able to use chemical energy not only for growth, but as well for movement. The class of life binds space, harvesting the chemical energy of the plant life.

Humans depend on the transformation of chemical energy for growth and movement, yet are also capable to bind time by storing and transmitting information in symbolic forms. While animals communicate, externalised forms of transmitting information over large spans of time are beyond their capacity.

As the ability of time-binding is largely under-appreciated and hardly comprehended, the idea of humans as clever animals dominates the ‘common sense’ understanding of their own existence. This meme makes it’s quite simple to successfully apply the same conditioning mechanism which were used for the domestication of animals.

For at least a quarter of the historic cycle of the precession of the equinox, the domestication of humans was spread out over the entire planet. The aliens currently present on this planet came here to prevent the same cataclysm which happened the last time when the majority of the human population was held captive with this delusion.

 

Magic spells

The focus on matter, combined with the assumed separation between body and mind, is part of the domestication of the human race. Disconnected from their true origin, their minds easily catch viruses which converts them into something like clever pets.

Most indigenous cultures base on the idea to share the wealth their environment offers. Ownership of land seems absurd to them, while taking care of it is integral part of those cultures. The lore of the land differs from place to place in details, yet places the society as custodians, not owners of their environment.

Just like Douglas Adams stated, humans are mostly harmless. The universal law of ‘Do no harm’ exists in all cultures, and it doesn’t need to be written down. Cultural norms might or might not change, yet mostly are simple enough to be memorised by any member of the tribe. If humanity needed written laws, it might not have made it for that long.

The invention of written language gets commonly misunderstood as the beginning of ‘civilisation’, while it just introduced a powerful magical trick into the human community. In illiterate societies, the magic of the written word was more apparent and easier to abuse than nowadays.

Written laws created the separation from an action and the responsibility for it. The inquisition and colonisation of entire continents demonstrate the hypocrisy arising from acting on the basis of written rules. The death of entire people wasn’t considered violating the ‘Do no harm’ principle, but was done in the name of ‘good’.

No authentic written accounts survived which could give contemporary society an idea of how large networks of societies could grow without resorting to systematic intra-species violence. Australia’s oral history reaches back longer than any other known culture on earth, although many of languages and cultures which existed on this continent were exterminated.

Nowadays, there’s hardly any spot on the surface of this planet without a piece of paper claiming ‘ownership’. The few remaining bits are free for the taking for any corporation large enough to bribe a government into handing it over for destruction. Especially the rise of the British Empire started the processes of dispossessing the majority of humans on this planet.

A written ownership record outlasts any verbal commitment to take care of the land. The domesticated humans got trained to take inherited ownership for violently acquired areas of land for granted. The written word helped propagating memes of domination of and submission to ‘authority’, combined by reinforcing this counter-intuitive reality by violent means.

Yet without dominion over the place of shelter for themselves and their peers, humans become nothing but a domesticated animal, dependent on the good will of their owners, or the owners of the place they were born into. People who lived for generations in the same area could be evicted because of the magic spells on pieces of paper.

Everything humans materialise in ‘matter’ create vibrational frequencies as well. The energy manifested influences them much more than the material reality. Caught in a material reality, they become oblivious to the spell they are under, and happily help to dig their own grave.