Let’s posit a series of ifs and see if they add up.
- If the human brain is a holographic map of our greater environment.
- If it is currently evolving, or attempting to evolve, in order to reflect and interface with a wider, deeper spectrum of experience.
- If the brain needs to engage with its environment from an early age so it can hook into the corresponding areas of its environment.
- If human beings aren’t being provided with the necessary formative environment to allow for all of this.
- If, due to a repeating pattern of early trauma, the lower, reptilian part of the brain is reducing everything to a two-dimensional “fight or flight” program
- If what is actually happening is that the reducing valve is becoming more and more firmly embedded in our nervous systems and our perceptual narrowing is getting increasingly narrower just when it needs to be opening up.
- The environment which we create for ourselves, i.e. culture, with all its technological extensions and trappings, would necessarily reflect that inner narrowing.
- It would be preventing us, more and more with each subsequent generation, from experiencing the necessary, formative biological engagement with — and activation by — our environment.
- So while we would, on the one hand, be experiencing a growing potential (and need) for a wider, more holistic relationship with reality, on the other hand, we would experience a steady decrease in our capacity, or desire, to enter into such a relationship.
- This would create a vicious circle of anxiety, rage, and abuse, creating still more of the same, as human beings seek ever more extreme dissociative measures that allow them to disconnect from the experience of being disconnected, and numb the anguish of a benumbed existence.
- In the meantime, the brain would be following Nature’s plan undeterred, regardless of whether the organisms in question (that’s us) have laid the necessary groundwork or gone through the necessary rites of passage to psychologically prepare for the new perceptual awareness.
- Autism — both in its pure, potential aspects and its more widely seen aberrational or dysfunctional ones — would be one result of this.