A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 135, Tuesday
May 15th, 2018
Chapter Two: Other
The human, homo sapient sapient; like every other organic being, is beset with the inherent biases of the animal brain.
The glands of the brain pump chemicals into the liquid consciousness of its neural net.
Strong emotions are generated here, we are awash in them.
The animal brain is fearful. It is concerned with the most basic things; pleasure, pain, anger, fear.
It is inherently suspicious, having risen out of the world where the law of life is eat or be eaten.
It wants to regard every other creature as either a threat, or as food, as something to be exploited.
These tendencies rule the creature.
This is not to say that human beings, and many other creatures are not capable of learning trust. They can and they do, but trust is a learned behavior.
The tendency to see every other being in oppositional terms is never completely erased.
Otherness, alienation, these feelings are inconstant tension with the supernal drive that is necessary to advance culture.
The rudiments of language are warnings.
Sirens and alarms link directly into the limbic system: fight or flight.
In times of plenty these feelings become less pronounced, they become easier to set aside.
In times of scarcity they rise immediately into the control centers of the brain, and generations of cultural conditioning can be erased in moments.
Even the human being, The homo sapient sapient, the animal with the most advanced neural net, even that creature will quickly fall into extremes of genocidal killing, even cannibalism, when scarcity and fear, starvation and war, or other extreme circumstances come to dominate human consciousness, whether the threat is real, or simply imagined.
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