How to be

Making Life Safe

Humans live in rooms, where smells don't change, and most things don't move or make noises (except on that curious invention the TV screen). Life outside isn't safe, but rooms are. In rooms we don't need evolutions' safeguard to secure our survival.

Broadband sensing is evolutions' safeguard, it secures every animals' survival.

These days humans hardly ever need to be awake and aware of their immediate environment every other minute to survive. We have houses of stone, deep freezers and peanut butter, central heating and hot water bottles, and have eliminated anything which could eat us alive. We need abstract abilities to be secure in our modern world.

Broadband sensing is intrinsically connected with an attitude to life and a psychological make up. By keeping one eye open and by keeping the ears open - an animal can half-way relax, and doesn't have to worry, about being eaten alive while sleeping. The same applies to the blackbird constantly checking for cats, he can half-way relax while eating a delicious worm ... It must be irritating for the blackbird to keep interrupting his delicious worm, but it would be far more irritating to get eaten alive ... so rather than be vulnerable or paralysed by panic, fear, and worry, he keeps watch, he checks his environment. We have overcome the necessity of this nervous nuisance, this interruption to lifes relaxation and pleasure ...

We feel unsafe in the world we have created for abstract psychological reasons. Modern humans don't need to worry about tigers and snakes. Modern humans could start enjoying all the advantages, the positive side effects of broadbanding. Broadband sensing is useless against lyme disease, corona and cancer, but very effective against pointless abstract thought.

I'm suggesting, animals don't merely secure their physical survival by broadbanding. Broadbanding is an attitude to life, not just something they use like an exercise, even as a balance. It's a way to be, and this experience has psychological consequences.

We have forgotten part of the feeling for the actuality of life which goes with broadband sensing. Animals are vividly aware that no relaxation or focussed activity is really safe unless it is balanced with broadband activity. Life was made safe by broadbanding.

Humans are missing out on an easily available, non-mystical, practical way of stilling the mind and being awake and aware, finding a form of balance, and possibly also to feel safe and stop worrying. And consequently, human culture is missing out on it as well.

Extract from Chapter 4 - Version 1.0 Empathy with Animals - Back to NEW LINKS