IT'S NOT OUR SELFISH EGO, IT'S DISPLACEMENT ACTIVITY

Our self image in the form of our physical appearance from the outside was always an important factor for cultural identity. Probably since the 1850's when mirrors became generally available, our individual physical appearance has become central to our self-identity. In the developed world, we have all our ancestors ever wanted, and wanted for their children. The deep-freeze is full, we've got hot water bottles, peanut butter and houses of brick. And we are full of our own individual views and opinions on life, and have stopped listening to anyone who disagrees.

We're showing symptoms of extreme vanity, greed, and conceit, but i DON'T believe that it's our selfish ego which is the cause. It is our insecurity.

The reason modern human life is insecure, is because we have lost the mutual confirmation of a social group, a group of at least 30 people who all believe, unquestioningly, in the same things.

I repeat: in ancient cultures, a common understanding of life - the beliefs and customs, united a tribe. In our modern diverse culture our same basic understandings of life, have no common confirmation. Any trace of the original animal sense of belonging is long gone. Our lives are insecure in a way no humans in any previous culture, have ever experienced, or even imagined.

We feel insecure, and have developed a form of over-compensation with all our focussing activities: thinking, understanding, getting, doing, creating; having beliefs, ideas and opinions. ... then what else is there to do?

We have collectively developed, what has become a form of displacement activity. Displacement activity is when hens scratch and peck at nothing, just because they feel insecure; dogs and cats clean themselves when they actually want feeding; over-populated deer will rub off so much musk on trees that whole rings of bark disappear and the trees die; caged birds can over-preen themsleves till they have no more breast feathers. Any habitual activity can be displaced. We are displacing with all our focussing abilities.

The continual thinking in terms of focal points, an aim, a reason to live, is all we know. We've lost the broadband balance, and we can't expect to feel safe or whole (in this modern diverse culture) without it.

Extra Note
People who are egoistical and self-opinionated will often admit to this, as though it's a positive attribute. From a broadband perspective, it's a weakness, an involuntary response to insecurity. The people who feel insecure are nearer the truth.

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