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Jan’s Posted Daily Fresh Real News
March 8, 2002 © 2002: JAN COX
Uniquely is man constructed as a self regulating creature;
all others are entirely programmed,
thus with no need for reflective awareness of their actions.
Man though is born with a sense of freedom,
a feeling of being able to choose from various courses of action,
and with choice comes the apparent need to make right choices —
— ergo his self regulating structure.
All of man’s multifaceted cultural, political, religious and educational life
can be seen as this self regulating instinct in action;
even as men say they are struggling to: “Know the truth,” “Build a better society,”
“Eradicate ignorance,” “Live by the laws of God,”
what they are doing is regulating themselves.
Regulating a piece of machinery requires there be a set standard
separate from the machinery itself;
you start up an engine and it automatically runs as determined by the laws of physics inherent in its design;
beyond that natural point, any regulating of it will and must come from a decision made by an entity outside the engine, (the human operator),
based on some extrinsic standard decided on by the outside force.
Regulating the operation of any equipment implies that if left to its own nature
its operation would be unsatisfactory —
unsatisfactory to some outside force with the ostensible ability to
make such a decision, and apparent potential to carry it out.
Inherent in man’s instinct for self regulation is the belief that he needs such;
elephants do not; eels do not; elms do not,
all the rest of life goes on about their business with no fuss, no hesitation,
no question of whether they are overdoing some particular thing;
whether they are taking some certain action too far;
no form of life feels that it must watch-what-it-does because of its need to
regulate what it does.
Elephants elephant, and elms elm —
only man feels that he may be overdoing the — man-thing.
No freedom — no change;
no freedom — no growth;
tigers are prisoners in the tiger cage and can never change their stripes,
only a creature not totally programmed,
with an ability to wander about in unexplored territories can expand itself and change, – but also, (apparently):
no regulation to freedom — no controllable growth and change.
Thus it be that man is born outside of a cage —
not told what to do —
given no restrictions on what he can do —
told he is free to do whatever he wants yet has a message imprinted in his brain
which informs him that he is responsible for whatever he does
so he had better — watch it! and regulate what he does.
Everyone feels the need to regulate their self — but no one believes they know how;
ordinary men do not feel that they are at all capable of determining
which of their actions need to be regulated, and by what standard;
they automatically accept that it must be some outside standard,
(same as the relationship between a piece of machinery and the human operator who decides on its mode of operation) — ergo culture.
“I do not know how to regulate my self and live life so someone else must” –
an individual, (a guru), or humanity collectively, (society’s norms) –
that is how it goes.
Everyone feels the need to regulate their self and everyone is annoyed by it;
ordinary people (so to speak) — learn-to-live-with-it — after all,
the inherent annoyance is a part of the self regulation,
but for the select, non ordinary with exotic neural tastes,
this annoyance is a dinner killer;
the feeling that you should regulate yourself is inescapable –
the annoyance is not so certain;
the need for self regulation can be understood, yet remain in tact,
but understanding the annoyance releases its grip around your throat.
“Yes, I may inherently be a clumsy, forgetful, sometimes stupid person,
but now that I know what is going on and what life is really about
I am no longer needlessly concerned about such matters enough to even
make this comment;
do you get it? — do you know what I am talking about?”
well, do you? — do you understand what he is saying?