Session 14 - Life Outside the Body
In previous sessions we mentioned the term "life outside the body." You're probably asking yourselves what "life outside the body means." Let us explain.
Even now we are living outside our bodies. That is, we live in emotions, desires, and thoughts that we receive from the environment, and which are not our own. They are certainly in us, but we consider them "outside the body" because we live as we were told we should live, think, feel, and be. We don't even realize how different our perception of the world would be if we lived in the forest, for example.
The environment gives me a certain outlook on the world, making me see it one way and not another. This is truly a big problem because if I received from my environment an outlook of cannibalism, that it's good to eat other people, that would be the norm for me. For someone else, however, it wouldn't. Another person would view life, animals, oneself, one's family, and the world entirely differently. We live within a perception, in a pattern that society has made us be in as we were growing up and developing, so this is how we see the world.
In the past, when we would come to another country, we'd be amazed by the differences in perception. Today it's hard to notice it because we're pretty well mingled throughout the world and don't normally visit very remote locations but rather big cities. And yet, we still see how one's values change according to one's place of residence. People think differently and therefore look at life differently. They don't see what we see; they perceive reality differently from us.
If we look in history books or law books and consider different cultures in different countries we will see how different we are. I'm not referring to culinary preferences, where one is happy cooking one way and another is happy cooking some other way. Rather, I'm talking about the worldview, the understanding of man, history, human life, good and bad, relation toward reward and punishment, what one should achieve, and what kind of life one should build for oneself.
There are people who think it's great to sit around all day playing cards and having everyone serve them. Then there are people who are happy to contribute, who take interest in science, in discoveries. The perspectives can be radically different.
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We are now in a state of "life outside the body," because any understanding of the world inherent in me, all my thoughts and feelings are as dictated by factors outside my body.
- In different cultures people see reality differently, have completely different values, sometimes even from one extreme to the other.
- The considerable variation between different cultures creates the main problem for humanity, the fact that we do not understand each other.
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the opportunity to realize their full human potential personally and socially."
Wikipedia Article - Emotional contagionWikipedia Article - Emotional contagion
Fishbein and Ajzen investigate how a person's involuntary behavior is predictable from the way others see their behavior.Book: Belief, Attitude, Intention, and Behavior: An Introduction to Theory and Research.