We all got through life in a state of hypnotic trance, a state of suspended animation of the mind.
Our waking life is a mixture of emotions and conditioned response to those emotions. We might like to believe that our responses based on our thoughts, but the fact is that our thoughts have been impacted over the years through carefully regimented inputs of dogma in the forms of societal conformance. Human beings are not very different from sheep in this respect. Our herd mentality is evident in everything that we do in a day.
Imagine that we take a group of new born babies and take them to an isolated island and let them grow on the island without any external influences. Would the babies display the same social constructs which govern us now? Would the white baby be considered privileged? Would the baby who grows up with physical prowess be considered more suitable mate by the girls? Would our reptilian brains have more influence over our thoughts in such a situation? What language would they develop? Would those babies, when they grow up, contemplate their existence and start worshiping the elements? Would they believe in multiple gods or would they believe in a single supreme being or would they be atheists? If nothing else, it would be a very interesting experiment in human psyche.
The more I think of our existence, the more I am inclined to believe that our whole existence is predicated on a set of unwritten laws and a sense of morality which are necessary for smoother propagation of the human race. Greed is bad, why because ultimately one person hoarding a lot of resources is not conducive to sustain a large population… so share so that more people can procreate and grow. Polygamy or polyandry is bad, because more number of dedicated couples is conducive for progression of society than a few amorous relationships and experimentation giving rise to lesser number of offspring. Compassion is good… because if we had believed in a dog eat dog world, we would have far lesser number of people in the world now. We say being a humane person is very important. But what is humanity? Is it not hurting other human beings or is it not hurting other animals or is it something more?
So, we are all like sheep, unquestioningly believing in things which we have been fed from our births, all the while adhering to the societal rules… to what end? For the progression of human race? Why should we propagate our species? While I am writing these in English language, on a laptop designed by an American company, manufactured by laborers in China, I wonder what were the purposes of the people who were part of the process which put this laptop in my hands. Did they even envisage this laptop being used for writing this drivel?
I have questions, a bit of time on this Sunday (why is it called Sunday, why not BlaBla day) morning, and no answers. May be I should go back to sleep. 😊