THE POWER OF AFFINITY: BOOK REVIEW OF “LAW OF ATTRACTION” BY MICHAEL J. LOSIER

Potentially, we are protean beings with high intellect. It is our versatility that empowers us. This is the secret of our progress, adaptability and innate instinct for self-growth. This is why we admire proactive people who inspire others as opposed to reactive individuals. The reactive types usually are not self-motivated and tend to avoid responsibility. Although our goal in life is self-growth, our pursuit of life is predominantly for truth; the truth of everything. It is this search for truth that sets us apart from the animal kingdom. We put ourselves in peril when we stop searching for the truth, believing that we already have it. In other words, we become dogmatic.

Yes, dogma. That is the tragedy of our education system; we mass produce certified graduates who have no idea about the realities of life. By looking at the number of individuals attending counsellors or psychiatrists in the West, we can assume that a large segment of them, mostly educated, lack even the basic skills needed to change course in life for the better. Since we cannot afford stagnation, a change in life towards positivity is the only course of action available to us. So, how can we move towards positivity? Michael J. Losier, the author of Law Of Attraction; The Science of Attracting More of What You Want and Less of What You Don’t (Wellness Central, 2006), suggests that by mentally shifting our paradigm, we can improve our prospects in life. By simply working on the vibration that we emit we can potentially alter the results of our actions and thoughts.

The argument he presents is that “Each one of us sends out either a positive or negative vibration”, and when we are emitting these vibes, it is quite logical to assume that same type of vibes come back to us in a sort of ‘boomerang’ way. What goes around comes around. The idea is very simple but powerful. The strategy he offers is to change our vocabulary and use words which emit positive vibes while omitting words with negative connotations such as “don’t, not and no.

The way the law of attraction works is this; you will attract the type of vibes you send out. Thus, “each time you hear yourself using don’t, not or no, ask yourself “So, what do I want?””, then replace existing negatives with positives; including spoken words and emotions as well as feelings. The model is quite flexible, e.g. “giving attention increases vibration”, meaning the more positive focus and energy we give to our desires, the more rewards we reap. “Appreciation and gratitude help you send out strong positive vibrations.” It is not a new idea but it is fascinatingly a useful idea, especially when you think of the cost and reward. The cost is minimal and the rewards are potentially huge.

Michael J. Losier has written a brilliant and enlightening book that teaches the readers how to bring change into their lives. Overall the book is very easy to read and understand. I recommend readers to take time reading, contemplating and working on the exercises. The book is aimed at the general readers as well as professionals like school teachers. This book is not the panacea for all the things that are missing in our education system as mentioned above, but it is a step in the right direction. It is an ideal and helpful tool for personal development and restoring the mind.




A JOURNEY OF ACCEPTANCE

If there is anything that is certain about life, it is that it never is what you expect it to be. My life’s journey has been all but what I expected it to be. Now I am at that stage of my life where I have no regrets, not anymore. And yes, life does have different stages or phases. I have been through few of the phases; the idealistic phase when I wanted to change the world; the rebellious and hedonistic phase when gratification seemed therapeutic; and lastly the self-discovery or the acceptance phase.

Despite being in a wheelchair permanently due to Spinal Muscular Atrophy, I recently decided to take a journey which no one in my health condition normally undertakes. I decided to go for Hajj, knowing that I am exempt from such hardship. I have had a deep motivation for the past 25 years to make this journey. I was determined. Despite the determination and a strong will power, I am sure you can imagine my fears and apprehensions as this type of journey is strenuous even for the healthy pilgrims.

On the way to the airport, my mind became preoccupied with the difficulties that I perceived I would have to face during the entire trip. So I decided to discuss it once again with my colleague. He sat next to me and heard my fears and anxieties. His reply was very profound, he says, “Khalid, you are a guest of Allah now, let Him worry about your needs and you just relax and trust Him”. With one sentence he removed all my anxieties. My whole body became relaxed and tranquil; I could feel my shoulders drop as the haze in my mind cleared. Suddenly, I felt a strong connection with my Creator.

With my faith recharged, the journey now seemed less arduous. However, what is peculiar about the mind is that it never stops thinking. So my thoughts shifted to something else. I began to wonder how my concept of my Creator had changed during last two decades. As a child, I was taught to fear God. The image of God I was given by my teachers was of a God who enjoyed punishing his creation for their sins. This image seemed plausible to me as schools and masjids in Pakistan regularly punished pupils as a norm. My world during childhood was parched for a loving God.

My new concept of God derived from reading the literature to gain a better understanding. I now submitted to a God of mercy, a merciful God. According to Islamic literature, God placed only 1% mercy on earth for all the creatures, while He kept 99% mercy for his creation for the judgement day. This Hajj journey for me was full of mercy. Whenever we came across any hurdles, minor or major, help arrived immediately. Perhaps one of the biggest difficulties we faced was travelling, climbing up and down the stairs of coaches. My disability is such that I needed to be lifted manually as there were no lifts inside the coaches. Allah the most Merciful was always there for me, and helpers were always present.

Spending the day of Hajj in Arafat and the night under the open sky in Muzdalifah contemplating and rebuilding a relationship with the Creator is perhaps the most important part of the journey. For me, it was the spiritual transformation and changes that took place within that amounted to an experience of a lifetime. More than 4 million people gathered in Muzdalifah and yet it was so peaceful. Each individual present there was praying with absolute certainty that God is hearing their prayers. Everyone was busy calling to God seeking that deep connection and Allah’s mercy.

My metaphor for Hajj would be that it is an intensive training program on being human. It is a gigantic classroom for practical learning and practical testing. You are obliged to practice patience, humility, gratitude, politeness, helping the needy, forgiving and seeking forgiveness as well as all types of good manners including giving charity and making sacrifices. This should give you a bit of backdrop about building a relationship with Allah, the path to Allah is through His creation. It is about being a good human being and consideration for others. Perhaps this is the reason why happiness is not found in being selfish but being selfless or altruistic; you feel happier when you help others.

As I write, I keep pondering over the spiritual awakening that takes place for many pilgrims during the journey. Then again each awakening is unique, based on individual’s needs. For me, ever since I took this journey, I see the world as it is; a playground full of toys. These toys (materialistic things and wealth) and our attachments to them as well as to our relationships become the source of suffering at times. Too often our egos and our desires overtake our rationality, as a result, we damage our souls when we succumb to our egos and unleash our negativity e.g. anger, greed and selfishness.

What all this signifies is that we have a higher purpose in life. Our real goal should be to help humanity by facilitating each other’s efforts in unleashing the human potential. We redeem ourselves when we restore ourselves. We need to adopt behaviours which bolster our inner strength and help our struggle in restoring the mind.




WHEN ADULTS STOP GROWING

I was in the park that day, reading a book while enjoying the British summer weather. A short distance away some people were playing with their children on the grass, and some seniors were walking their dogs on the pathways. It was kind of a normal day. All of a sudden, Mithu appeared from behind me and landed on the bench next to me. Mithu is a beautiful Indian Ringneck Parakeet, a very intelligent parrot, and a proficient speaker. Mithu is an old friend with whom I became acquainted while his broken wing was healing in our house.

Below is the transcript of the chat that took place in the park between us both.

Me: Hello! This is a nice surprise. How are you?
Mithu: Hello! I am fine. I just came out for a bit of fresh air. I am drowning in love.

Me: In love? You are in love?
Mithu: No! The family I am living with loves me so much. I am being pampered like royalty.

Me: Wow! That is great. Good to know that you are happy.
Mithu: Who says I am happy? I am living with a family that is constantly in regression.

Me: Why in regression? How?
Mithu: The parents are so busy trying to give everything to their children except what the children are most deprived of; creating profound cognitive dissonance.

Me: I did not understand whose parents? Please explain.
Mithu: In the absence of parental involvement in children’s emotional and intellectual upbringing, the children are bound to spend much of their energy searching for that stimulus elsewhere. This is leading them into trouble at school and rebellious behaviour in all spheres of life.

Me: You are confusing me more now.
Mithu: You are such a birdbrain. I am living with a family of four, where both parents are working fulltime; therefore they have less time to spend with the children. The eldest child is a teenager, while the youngest is five years old.

Me: OK.
Mithu: My observation is that the teenager is regularly throwing tantrums. While the parents may feel they are fulfilling all their basic duties towards their children, the teenager, however, feels he is not getting enough quality time with his parents.

Me: Oh I see.
Mithu: The result is the teenager’s fixation on unrequited love is overarching all his other potentials and blocking his ability to explore and reinforce his creativeness. It is this huge unexplored creativeness inside him that is pushing him to become an attention seeker. The reality is that these tantrums are nothing more than a cry for help.

Me: hmm, very interesting observations. So, you think there is a communication gap between the parents and the children?
Mithu: Yes, the parents know only a glimpse of their children’s lives. Unconditional love is just as important for the child as the food they eat. All children have a great thirst for the unconditional love from their parents. Certainly, it is this unconditional love coupled with guidance that encourages the children to persevere and bring out what is best inside them. What matters the most here is the quality time which is needed to harness, refocus and channel the raw energy residing within the child.

Me: Yes I very much agree. But how did the family end up in this situation? What went wrong?
Mithu: This is a common problem, when the adults stop growing and choose to close their minds. I have observed such paralysis many times when people gradually become prone to the dogmatic thought process. Then their each new day is same as their previous day. They live routine or repetitive lives. Such people resist change and prefer to stay in their comfort zones.

For example, nowadays adults and children spend much of their time on social media or watching television dramas instead of reading books or socialising with their families. Such people are also content with eating junk, reading junk and feeling unsatisfied internally. This has an adverse effect on all aspect of their lives as well as on the wider society.

Me: Yes, you are right, reading books and learning new knowledge is important for the personal growth and personal development as well as for a healthy lifestyle and Restoring The Mind.

At this point, Mithu decided to fly off, leaving me wondering about his observations of our so-called modern society.




A DIALOGUE WITH RUMI

It was on the eve of my trip to Istanbul that I met him for the first time in my dream. That seems like a long time ago now. But we have become good friends lately. Regularly, chatting about the world and cosmos. At first I did not recognise him. An ordinary looking elderly folk, a bearded guy wearing a white robe and conical shaped hat, was busy talking to his audience, a small audience, about 30 or so beautiful little birds feeding on grains and pieces of bread in front of him. I leaned forward respectfully to greet him and then sat down next to him on the bench. His name was Moulana Jalaluddin Rumi; 30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273. He was a retired poet, a scholar and a thinker. While conversing I decided to ask a few questions. After all I was in the presence of a sage.

Me: When I look around, I see so many people suffering and feeling unhappy with their life, why is that?
Rumi: Happiness dwells wherever individuals remove their fears, as fear is based on anxieties and worries which are influenced by the ego. The ego creates a comfort zone for itself, halting any self-growth and progress.

When no change is taking place in life, no love is felt, love is a dynamic force. In the absence of love, fear begins to creep in slowly. Fear is pain and pain makes people shrink, e.g. people stop being charitable due to fear of poverty. Similarly, ego resists change, hence no progress. Removing pain from your heart (no longer feeding the ego), brings internal harmony. Harmony in everything i.e. what you think, say and do.

Sorrow prepares you for joy. So take decisions to make your future better e.g. learn new skills and take part in self-improvement; the panacea is to be creative, happiness will return, it always does.

But this is not the true success!

Me: What is the true success and how can it be achieved?
Rumi: Perspective! Perspective is important, a realisation that this earthly life is just a guest house. From this perspective, the basic principles of success are simple; truly exert yourself on the path; to never intentionally harm anyone or anything, and always be the source of benefit to those around you.

Remember, success is an illusion in the absence of love for the beloved. Do not forget, apart from prostration, all other types of worship mentioned in the Quran are related to love for humanity. So strive towards love for humanity and success will find you. It is love that restores resilience in the human spirit.

Me: If love is so prevailing then why do we have a tendency for self-destruction?
Rumi: Lightness and darkness cannot dwell in the same place at the same time, but both must exist and change places periodically. Thus darkness and light are constantly chasing each other. But love and darkness never mix. It is the ego that takes one on a self-destructive path towards darkness. The ego is a dangerous master to have, should you choose to enslave yourself to it. Those who destroyed themselves did so because they took their ego as their master. The path to enlightenment lies in love for the divine (the beloved).

The remedy for those who are suffering is to frequently drink from the tavern of love and knowledge.

Then the light of new dawn woke me up from my sleep, and I was no longer in dream world.

From the poem: The Pauper and the Prisoners
Renounce these affections for outward forms,
Love depends not on outward form or face.
Whatever is beloved is not a mere empty form,
Whether your beloved be of the earth or of heaven.
Whatever be the form you have fallen in love with,
Why do you forsake it the moment life leaves it?
The form is still there; whence, then, this disgust at it?
Ah! lover, consider well what is really your beloved.
If a thing perceived by outward senses is the beloved,
Then all who retain their senses must still love it;
And since love increases constancy,
How can constancy fail while form abides?
~Rumi~

Book Reference:
Rumi, Maulana ‘Jalal uddin Muhammad. 2008, The Masnavi I Ma’navi of Rumi, Forgotten Books




THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CRIMINALITY

I am, because I exist. This statement is true for a vast majority of people. About 90% of Americans claim to be living unfulfilled lives. It is not surprising to see so many people fail in life; because mastering the skills needed to be successful requires hard work. The cliché, ‘genius is one percent inspiration, ninety nine percent perspiration’, (Thomas Edison, 1847 – 1931), is not an exaggeration. Thus, most people surrender to living for the sake of living, aimlessly and purposelessly. At the same time holding on to a feeling that they deserve better. Such inert people never make the morning headlines in daily newspapers. Hence, we enjoy reading with admiration about individuals living on the fringe, those who consider mere existence a crime.

I am not a philosopher, so I cannot answer the question if mere existence is a crime, especially when there is so much potential at our disposal. From the psychology point of view, I can say this, that there exists a certain mental threshold, which when triggered or it is surpassed; an energised feeling thence overwhelms us. A good example of this feeling is when we pass exams. A scholar achieves this feeling when his/her research paper is published and an inventor when his/her invention succeeds. It is this extraordinary inner stimulating feeling that incites us to react and work hard for progress again and again.

But not all people are willing to work hard for success or exercise the patience needed. Despite the fact that they too are adamant that they deserve better. Hence, they opt to take short cuts to achieve their goals. More often than not it is the criminals who pursue this path of short cuts. One explanation for this is, generally, we are moral beings born with free will, and those with the will always will push the boundaries and some will even break the rules. As Colin Wilson in his book “A Criminal History of Mankind (Grafton, 1985)”, says “Nothing is worse for a criminal than early success.”

If the confessions of the criminals are any indicator for the reasons of their bad behaviour, it is that it is done out of animosity, a vengeance against society, born out of feelings that their robbery or burglary is a legitimate way of expressing their sense of social grievance. It means their whole concentration is being channelled on their frustration and resentment. The criminal needs external stimuli to achieve the threshold, e.g. a psychopath feels aroused by causing pain on others. This threshold can be described as the ‘critical point’ or the biting point between an accelerator and clutch in an automobile, it triggers an extraordinary excitement, an ecstasy in the mind.

This does not mean that the mind is the real culprit. Far from it, as the mind can be a creative force or a destructive force, meaning that we are neither innately good nor bad. What we have is tendencies to become either. The central role played here is by our egos or the ‘false self’ (Also called Nafs in Arabic).  Colin Wilson argues that we allow the Nafs to dominate our mind, and we become slaves to the Nafs, we work towards satisfying the master, the Nafs. The larger the ego you have, the less you care about the morals, which explains why some criminals lack remorse after the crime. This explains why most violent criminals possess more than the average share of desire for exercising that threshold. Hence, the unfulfilled appetite for criminality is a commoner among mass murderers.

Still, the big question is what allures criminals towards criminality? Why do they take the ‘decision to be out of control’? It is obvious that everyone chooses their own path, man has the power of free choice. In Colin Wilson’s view, it is related to our energy in the brain. “Meaning perception is a power of the mind; it depends upon a certain mental energy. And this mental energy is precisely what all criminals’ lack. They lay far too much emphasis on the physical stimulus in the process of ‘enrichment’.”

 Unlike geniuses, who channel their energy towards creative works, the criminal tends to waste it on negative emotions. When a criminal “explodes into violence, all the energy is wasted. Worse still, it destroys the banks of the canal. So in permitting himself free expression of his negative emotions he is indulging in a process of slow but sure self-erosion – the emotional counterpart of physical incontinence. Without proper ‘drainage’, his inner being turns into a kind of swamp or sewage farm. This is why most of the violent men of history, from Alexander the Great to Stalin, have ended up as psychotics. Without the power to control their negative emotions, they become incapable of any state of sustained well-being.” Furthermore, “For the violent criminals and murderers, violence seems to become a natural outlet for frustration or boredom.”

Colin Wilson identifies boredom as one of the biggest source of criminality, arguing that the individual “needs challenge or crisis to get the best out of him”. Colin Wilson believes it is “feebleness of will-power” and the individual’s inability of self-assertion that allows the Nafs to take control during times of boredom. Colin Wilson’s theory is plausible when as he says “we have to recognise that boredom is a feeling that nothing is ‘happening inside’, and that this springs from a sense of non-participation in the environment. Boredom vanishes as soon as we feel ‘involved’.”

But I find this explanation of boredom a bit too simplistic. As I have already argued in my previous article: THE EVOLUTION AND FATE OF THE SOCIAL ORDER, that:

“Institutions create mechanisms that translate ideology – say, the causes of evil.” True, the real culprit is the system that creates the conditions in which the crimes are committed. I do agree with Zimbardo. But the question arises: what is the system? Zimbardo’s view is clear. He believes it is the “power elite,” working behind the scenes, who create the conditions of life for the rest of us.

The irony is often we are ruled by the very criminals and predators. For instance there has been an unprecedented increase in criminality in recent times by the wealth grabbing elite. The history books offer no respite either; historical heroes glorified also happen to be the greatest villains, the biggest killers, such as Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great, not to mention, Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong, whom between them killed over 100 million people, yet remain heroes. Colin Wilson concurs, “The worst crimes are not committed by evil degenerates, but by decent and intelligent people taking ‘pragmatic’ decisions.”  Such highly intelligent heroes/villains “feel most free in moments of conquest; so for the past three thousand years or so, most of the greatest men have led armies into their neighbours’ territory, and turned order into chaos.”

In a world immersed in chaos, impeccable manners and mindfulness has become a rare commodity. Criminality and vile behaviour has become more acceptable at the expense of morals. Therefore, our choices are very simple and there are no middle grounds or grey areas. We either take the challenge of becoming creatives or the corrosiveness of mere existence will place us on a self-destructive path.  The real joy and success is in embracing creativity. “There is no doubt that man’s creativity is the most centrally important fact about him.”

This article is the second part of a two part article. The first article is: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CREATIVITY

Reference:
Wilson, Colin. 1985. A Criminal History of Mankind, Grafton.




THE TRAGIC PATH FROM BRAIN POWER TO BRAIN OPIATES

The human mind has no comparison in this world, even perhaps in the universe. It is simply that powerful. I would argue that it is potentially bigger and vaster than the universe. We can be certain that a huge amount of energy powers the brain, which is of course poorly understood. The brain’s potential power is unknown. This valuable energy is, unfortunately, neither recognized nor appreciated. The fact is that we rarely consider this energy flowing through our brain. It has been claimed by some neuroscientists that we only use 5% of our potential brain power. My thesis in this article is that we will find ourselves in peril if we fail to understand and exploit this energy in the brain.

It is said that God created man in his own image. We dominate and rule over the planet Earth in a godly manner. We are God’s vicegerent. We are, in a sense, mini-Gods. God is the creator, thus our most powerful godly trait is creativity. What is rarely discussed is that the health of the brain and mind possibly depends on creativity. As I have already mentioned in RTM, “agony and pain is felt, intensely felt, when the phenomenon of creativity is weak and infrequently present.” We are creative creatures. Creativity is in our genes and in our blood. I would argue that we are biologically creative beings. Maybe it is true that our foundation, the foundation of human life, is built on creativity.

I cannot emphasise enough the importance of creativity, it is just as important for the human mind as oxygen is for the brain. Creativity is our opiate, and any deficiency of this opiate makes us feel frustrated, anxious, and even depressed. Our inability to be creative becomes our burden. The unused energy induces chaos in the brain. Restlessness combined with helplessness and desperation pushes us to seek some sort of quick relief. We seek a way to alleviate or calm down the “pain in the brain.” There exists an inverse relation between creativity and what I call “pain in the brain.”

When we cannot create, or express what is creative inside us, in our brains – because we do not have the necessary skills and knowledge – we turn to substitute opiates. We seek to find relief in narcotics and alcohol. We attempt to restore equilibrium in the brain by substituting narcotics for the natural opiates. It is remarkably ironic and sad that we replace creativity with drugs and alcohol. Instead of unleashing our creative powers and our brain energy, we run away from creativity and choose to destroy ourselves through a narcotic or alcohol addiction. It may be an unpopular argument, but I feel that the origin of drug addiction is not social problems per se but our inability to express our creativeness.

The number of people who struggle and fail to express their creativeness is in the hundreds of millions, which means there is a big demand for narcotics and alcohol. The narcotics and booze business are two of the biggest and most lucrative businesses in the world. It is not surprising then to see many governments secretly involved in trafficking illegal and dangerous drugs. Many states, from Afghanistan and Pakistan to the U.K. and the United States, are deeply involved in the drug trade. “All empires since the Renaissance have been driven by the search for foreign resources, and nearly all – including the British, the French, and the Dutch – used drugs as a cheap way to pay for the overseas expansion, ” argues Peter Dale Scott, author of Drugs, Oil and War (ROWMAN AND LITTLEFIED PUBLISHERS, INC, 2003, UK).

Yes, it is sometimes difficult to separate the three opiates, drugs, oil and war. We are addicted to all three, and all three are controlled by the most powerful states and groups in the world. Peter Scott makes a good point that the United States does not directly get involved with the drug trade, but instead exerts influence indirectly. For example, the paramilitaries whom the United States supports in Afghanistan also happen to be the biggest drug barons. American interventions in Afghanistan and Columbia increased drug trafficking to the United States. Referring to Afghanistan, Scott argues that “almost no heroin from this area reached the United States before 1979, yet according to official U.S sources it supplied 60 percent of the U.S. heroin by 1980.” For decades the United States has made alliances with drug cartels in Columbia and Afghanistan. I publish a few paragraphs from Peter Dale Scott’s book:

Scott’s book has impressed me. He is lucid and brilliant as he illustrates how drug trafficking has become an integral part of  U.S. foreign policy, and it is now linked with the oil wars. His thesis is that the CIA and other covert American groups and actors are intimately connected to drug traffickers around the world – and that this is no coincidence. What is the U.S. role in the international drug trafficking business? This book offers the answer. As strange as it may seem, perhaps this ugly reality explains why the United States is now suffering an economic meltdown. The creativeness of Americans, the ability to deploy the natural opiates in the powerful human brain, has arguably been in decline for some time now in the United States. Do we find ourselves in peril if we fail to understand and exploit this energy in the brain? It certainly would appear so.




TO REJUVENTATION AND TOTAL RESTORATION (PART TWO)

“Power creation” is not an easy job. This is why we do not see many people succeeding at it. For power creation to take place you need leaders who understand the essence and indeed mystery of power creation. Most leaders, however, have no understanding at all of power creation, at least not authentic power creation, the real power creation.

Power creation can be simply defined as the opposite of power contraction. We find that most leaders will seek to give the illusion of conserving power, their power, but of course this is a deception. In the guise of conserving power, their power is effectively concentrated. The strategy to conserve power (but, in reality, to concentrate power) would seem to be undertaken for two reasons: (1) fear of competition and this is expressed as either an unwillingness or inability to compete; (2) inadequate knowledge and this is expressed as leaders expose their refusal to create authentic power and instead work to concentrate their power.

There are two types of power creation:  one is operating in the biological or genetic realm; the second is operating in the realm of knowledge and ideas, or culture. And of course we cannot really separate the two. They both operate together. Both types of power creation are quite frightening for most leaders, and this is because most leaders are inept and ignorant. I refer to all leaders, whether they are head of a family, or head of organisations or even a nation.

It is a historical fact that all monarchies have followed a strategy of “inbreeding” genetically, and this was done to concentrate power and wealth in the hands of the few. And those who occupy the next step down in the hierarchy, the upper classes and feudal landlords, did the same. The obvious consequence of this conservation of power is that the gene pool remains very small and tightly controlled. Power and privileges are only shared with few, and of course this is quite deliberate.

We can similarly say that “outbreeding” was feared, and considered a threat to the strategy of concentrating power. Concentrating power may in the short term give the illusion of being successful and creating power, but the consequences in the long term are damaging, in fact it is a self-defeating strategy. Indeed, the more extreme the inbreeding is, the sooner we witness signs of failure. Inbreeding – concentrating power – results in total ruin.

It is clear that most leaders (in effect, dictators) work to suppress and control knowledge and the spread of knowledge.  This is why Francis Bacon (1561-1626) so famously said “knowledge is power”. The essence of the human power lies in ideas and knowledge creation and in genetic outbreeding. The power of knowledge increases by cross-fertilising ideas and cross-fertilising genes. Power creation occurs through the expansion of power and not by the concentration of power.

The title of this article suggests that if we are to achieve rejuvenation and total restoration and make progress toward achieving our goals, then we must take the risk and invest in power and power creation. If we fail to do this, and we only work to concentrate power, then nature, the forces of nature, will gradually but relentlessly break down the power that we have. Power creation will not then take place. I refer to another article in RTM, which will be of interest:

The title: THE ENDURING IMPORTANCE OF THE FERTILE CRESCENT

C.D. Darlington, the famous British geneticist (1903-1981), in his book The Evolution of Man and Society (George Allen and Unwin, 1969), has further elaborated on the implications of inbreeding and outbreeding. Rejuvenation and total restoration is possible, but we will have to be mindful of the correct strategy for achieving this. The correct strategy is power creation, authentic power creation. I publish below a few pertinent paragraphs from The Evolution of Man and Society:




THE YOUTHFUL HUMAN HDD AND ITS REQUIREMENTS FOR RAPID AND POWERFUL DEVELOPMENT

There are many things in the world over which we have no power and no control. Time and age are just two of those many things. We cannot stop time and life must continue.  Yet, we have this wish and deep desire to avoid the inevitable, which is old age. The ideal age we desire is youth – a youthful age. The reason for this is obvious. The brain’s needs are met during these years: new knowledge, new challenges and most of all a healthy supply of blood flowing into the brain. Physical exercises ensure that a healthy supply of blood flows into the brain.  This is what keeps the brain healthy and active.

A healthy supply of nutrients is another must that the brain needs. The brain consumes 25-30% of the energy or “fuel” created from the food that we eat, says Susan Archibald Marcus, the author of The Hungry Brain, (CORWIN PRESS, 2007, USA). Marcus argues that the “brain requires just the right amount of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, water and blood sugar flowing through it moment by moment to function optimally. If the amount of one of these nutrients drops, so does optimal brain functioning,” and I agree. “You are what you eat”, as the cliché goes. Her book is quite informative on both subjects, the food and the brain, and is appropriately titled, The Hungry Brain. I publish below some text from the book where Susan Marcus explains the hungry brain:

The youth is a time of new experiences. It is a time when we begin to recognise our place in this world. It is a time of learning and building our future. The skills we acquire during this critical period play a significant role throughout our life. The experiences and information we gain is stored in our memory. We memorize how we dealt with a given situation and later reapply the solution whenever a similar situation arises again. Even though each new occasion may provide a new opportunity for trying a different solution, we are inclined to choose a solution, which has been successfully tried in the past. We seek to make sense of our present and future by looking into our past, usually through knowledge gained during the youthful age.

I do believe in fate and fate does bring opportunities for changes, but we largely choose our own future. In fact, we design our future. The choices and decisions we make influence our future – so we can say we choose our future. Our life is in our own hands, and we can choose to live it, as we please. Is this statement accurate? Are all age groups given this liberty to choose? Well, no, of course not! For some strange reasons we feel that the youths’ brainpower must be caged. we are well aware that  “Adolescence appears to be a critical period in brain growth, development, and learning – particularly in areas of emotional control, advanced motor skills, reasoning ability, and higher cognitive functioning,” as argued by Barry Corbin, the author of Unleashing the Potential of the Teenage Brain, 10 Powerful Ideas (CORWIN PRESS, 2008, USA).

But we remain adamant that the youths’ brainpower must be harnessed and caged. We do this because our own brainpower is caged. Therefore, we demand that the youth bow down to conformity and dogma. We disallow emancipation of the mind, because we never experienced it. Since we never experienced it, we have no concept of it. We have no idea of the benefit or cost of it, but we fear the unknown, and are willing to go to any length to prevent it from happening, at any cost. We find any change threatening to our well-being, and to our world. This is because we lack power to change, so we fear change. Instead of challenging ourselves, we discourage others from bringing a challenge.

We become the guardians of dogma and conformity, we try to uphold the status quo at any cost – and the cost is heavy. It is heavy for the youths, whether they are introverted or extroverted. The extroverts tend to rebel when pushed against their wishes, but still suffer the consequences. We try to put down any rebellion and break the will of the youth, in the belief that status quo is the only solution and therefore must be protected at any cost. Not realizing the damage caused to the brain, “many teenagers appear to be motivationally impaired,”  admits Corbin. In my view, the damage is much more extensive, for most youths the consequence is they tend to lose their sense of instinct.

Depriving the youthful brain of self-direction is no different than locking up the brain in a cage. Most affected adults go about later in life with no sense of awareness and not knowing what exactly they want from life. They appear lost and clueless. The damage to their brainpower is apparent when talking to them. Their sense of instinct is nowhere to be seen. Yet, everyone wonders what is wrong with them. It is like plucking the eagle’s feathers and then scratching the head wondering why the eagle is unable to fly. I am not surprised when Corbin refers to the youthful age as a “critical period in the development of the brain (i.e., the teen years) as a use-it-or-lose-it time.”

The loss of sense of instinct combined with the lack of self-direction makes the person become unconscious, lost, and with feelings of failure that overwhelms the psyche. What we often do not realise is that over a long period of time the perception of failure, our sense of failure, becomes a disease and starts damaging the psyche. It is such a destructive disease, which given the chance can destroy much of the individual’s life if not the whole life, leaving a big vacuum. Nevertheless, the brain is resilient, extremely resilient, and can recover from almost any ordeal given the right opportunities and help. The youth no doubt need guidance but there is a clear difference between guiding them and disallowing self-direction. It is only by allowing self-direction that we can unleash the potential of the youths’ brainpower.

There are lots of pressures on the youthful brain, and no doubt the “teenage brain is undergoing tremendous changes during adolescence and …. the teenage years may be one of the most vital times for brain development,”  and I agree with Corbin.  But life is life, and life is about making choices. We choose what lessons we wish to learn in life. We choose whether we want to unleash the potential of the brain or whether we want to cage it. And also we choose what we wish to feed our brain.