Session 14 - Operating Instructions for Creating Change in Human Nature
To shift man from perceiving the concept of mutual guarantee on the intellectual level to perceiving it on the emotional level and to thus be enabled to make actual concessions on the ego, there are several steps we need to take.
Step 1—Personal Living Examples
People need to see and feel in actual life how interconnected and dependent on others we truly are, and this will impart the concept that we really have no other good option, except to be in good associations and proper connections with everyone. In this way, from personal living examples, we will see and feel the profits we will gain from being interconnected, as well as what we will lose should we choose otherwise. Personal living examples are the best way to persuade and convince a person.
We need to activate groups of people through questions and answers, games, songs, and films. People must be moved gradually and emotionally through the feeling of the mutual guarantee, and to experience being for and against bonding and mutual guarantee, and then we will clearly and practically see what each possibility causes.
Step 3—Applying the Principle: "Habit Becomes a Second Nature"
We have discussed this important principle in previous learning sessions. If people become accustomed to taking others into consideration and to being considerate toward others while connecting together through the mutual guarantee in small groups, they will gradually learn that connection is truly beneficial and that it pays off. Then accordingly, they will be able to pass what they learn to broader and broader circles, until the point where they feel the whole world in the same way as they felt their smaller group circle.
Additionally, we must bring in scientists who will present information from their studies of Nature, which will be acceptable and clear to the ordinary reasoning of people. These scientists will be able to prove what happens in our interconnections and what will happen under certain conditions. It is like a physician telling a patient, "You have this and that illness, and only this cure can help you, and here it is, just within your reach." A person who is in a difficult situation is constantly searching for a remedy, and will give everything to save his/her life.
We also need to apply the power of the environment, since it is the most important factor for shaping a good influence on people, and it can persuade a person into anything. You can say about a certain black object that it's white, and if 20 more people say that it's white for 20 hours, I will eventually think that it's really white because my brain will be reprogrammed by the persuasion from the outside environment. There are scientific studies proving that the human influence of the environment can change things around for a person—it can change one's perception and foundations. In fact, this is actually how we learn, and it is important for all to understand that a person can be taught anything and everything. When we are born, we don't know anything, but we are taught by external elements.
We, however, have no intention to erase anything that people know. Instead, we only want to correct the egoistic distortion that causes a person to use others for their own benefit, and twist it to be used the other way—to affect good for others. In the end, it is actually through connection with and for others that we also gain benefit. The way it works is that I gain benefit not by caring for myself, but by caring for others, and so in this way through the mutual guarantee, everyone else is also caring for me and guaranteeing my well-being. Who wouldn't want that? All we need is to learn how to make concessions properly, and to know how to give up on the things that prevent us from connection. This is the way that we pay in mutual guarantee, but this should be a familiar concept, since we already know what it means to pay for everything. However it turns out that in actual fact, there is no concession here at all, because the moment you start relating to others well and with love, you will truly enjoy the giving.
We're not saying that people should stay constantly frustrated, stressed, and feel pressured, like, "I have no choice but to be nice to you." In this way our good behavior will cost us huge emotional and mental efforts, and this isn't what should happen. Instead, we should use external influences on people, and create these influences through various kinds of media to environmentally influence people to change so they can act kindly and for the benefit of others with ease. This way, people will be motivated and they will begin to enjoy their favorable attitude toward others. They will feel that they are in a perfect world because they are being treated well from all sides, and they treat others likewise. Everything should progressively shift from a mode of necessary actions, to a mode of voluntary actions—from being forced to be good to one another in mutual guarantee, to willingly and naturally caring for others before yourself.
Loving others is really a question of habit, since "Habit becomes a second nature." This change happens by persuasion through the environment, good examples from others, films, songs, and anything that might affect people. This way people will even begin to love their neighbor's child instead of only their own. The influence of the environment can program me in such a way that I will even be the very opposite. I will hate my own child and love the child of the neighbor.
The environment can persuade people in anything because it is stronger than my own nature. This is because the environment operates on the higher human level of development, while my nature operates on the lower animate level. In other words, the influence of the environment is the single most powerful influence there is on people.
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There are three steps for relinquishing the ego: 1) seeing and emulating personal living examples, 2) participating in activities, 3) applying the principle, "habit becomes a second nature."
- It is up to us to build a system of awakening, explanation, enlightenment, and education that will influence a person, groups, all the people of a nation, and all nations together, until we know and feel that we live united in a world together, as a family in one house.
"We present evidence that advertising increases overall consumption; that it promotes and normalises a whole host of behaviours, attitudes, and values, many of which are socially and environmentally damaging; that it manipulates individuals on a subconscious level, both children and adults; and that it is so pervasive in modern society as to make the choice of opting-out from exposure virtually impossible."THINK OF ME AS EVIL? - OPENING THE ETHICAL DEBATES IN ADVERTISING -Public Interest Research Centre (PIRC), WWF-UK
"Emotional and cognitive impairments caused by a poor social environment can be substantially improved if living conditions are improved early enough."The Guardian Article: A loving family can boost children's intelligence - · Five-year study measures impact of environment · Deprived upbringing is linked to stunted growth
"As societies interact with nature, human beings start changing themselves. Put in more sociological and material terms, as societies observe and modify external nature they start modifying their own, internal, nature."Book: "Cosmic Society: Towards a sociology of the universe"
The approach/attitude of a person, along with subjective norms, are what shape a person's intention and thus, his/her behavior.Reasearch Study: "Belief, Attitude, Intention, and Behavior: An Introduction to Theory and Research"