Our world is crumbling around us. Decadence and Dissonance are in command. I no longer feel compatible with the world around me. Nevertheless, the world belongs to me as much as it does to anyone else and I have no intention of being exiled from my own home.
So, for some time now, I’ve been asking myself why all this craziness is happening. And, after much research and reflection, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s simply because we’ve let our brains go in the wrong direction. We’ve taken one road when we should have taken another.
For reasons of efficiency, our brains are divided into two hemispheres. The right side gives us a panoramic view of what’s going on. The left side then moves in to focus on details. In other words, the right is a scout and the left a technician. But the development of a patriarchal society provoked a mutiny in the brain obliterating the hemispheres’ once complementary rapport.
The left brain is the Fort Knox of the masculine force. Obviously, a shift from a right brain dominated society to that of a left brain dominated society totally annihilated the reverence once given to women. Furthermore, if you are always focusing on details without having an all-encompassing view of what’s going on, you are going to create chaos, you are going to get lost.
We, as a society, have lost our context.
My main concern at the moment is not that of changing the world but rather that of finding My Way of Being in a world that is hostile towards my personal beliefs.
Recently this book was suggested to me: The Master and His Emissary. The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World by Iain McGilchrist. The text is dense, challenging, overwhelming, and very informative.
McGilchrist stresses the importance of knowing where to place our attention. Because attention is like a magnet. Where we focus our attention changes the nature of our world. It shapes the way we see things thus actively helps to create the world we live in.
Since our attention affects our ability to perceive and what we perceive, the question I now ask myself: Where should I focus my attention if I want to improve my way of being?
One thing I know is that I need to be more selective and focus less on what’s negative and more on what’s positive. Example: less time on internet following depressing news and more time looking at animal videos–it seems animals have a sense of solidarity that humans have lost. They make me feel good about life.
Obviously, my research on Ways of Being does not stop here. But, in the meantime, I would like to thank Anton for the books he’s suggested including that of McGilchrist.
Related: The Silence of Angels (ref. to Julian Jaynes) + The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and The Making of The Western World can be read online HERE + The Master and His Emissary: Conversation with Dr. Iain McGilchrist youtube video