Human self-advancement – Over the centuries human beings have made astonishing material advances. However, many material advances have come from cultural orientations that seek to control and manage Nature instead of accepting, trusting, respecting, and cooperating with Nature. Humans have made significant advances in civilized behaviors. However, there have also been significant devolutionary times. At the Self-level, doesn’t it sometimes seem that we are overdeveloped outwardly but inwardly underdeveloped? On the individual level Wordsworth said, “the child is the father of the man.” (1802) I interpret this quote as meaning that at some level every human being has to go through a developmental social recapitulation process. That is, we all have to go through developmental process and learn what it means to be a toddler, a child, an adolescent, a young adult, an adult, and an old adult.
For self-advancement, education is very important but it can only go so far in helping us adjust to various stages of life. We must experience each stage. Every one of us has to figure out how to manage our own world, and how to understand our emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Each one of us must discover how to fulfill our needs and to bring meaning, balance and health to our life. It is our responsibility to figure out how to interact with other people and how to connect with other people. We need to understand human nature and the traits that help us connect with others like empathy compassion, altruism, cooperation, and curiosity. We need to understand how to manage those traits that make it difficult to connect with others like solipsism, competition, envy, and jealousy. It is up to us to understand a human nature that contains a 2-dogged darkside and lightside. In future posts, I will discuss in detail the factors that make for self-advancement that leads to self-evolution.