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In this article we will continue our discussion of human nature and the nature of human evolution.  We will now go into more depth on the concepts of human value fulfillment.  That is, each individual, left alone, will naturally strive to fulfill its highest potential for the greatest good.  This goes for humans, plants, animals – all life, in fact.

 

The root of this striving for value fulfillment lies in cooperation among all life, not competition.  In our current culture competition is often stressed as an essential and natural aspect of human nature.  However, we find this to be a false and often harmful belief system.  The growth and evolution of all life, including humans, rests upon cooperation, not competition.  Without cooperation the species never would have made it this far.  We would have killed each other all off by now if competition was behind our intrinsic natures, rather than cooperation.

“Sharing is not only a basic pattern-forming process and an art; it is also a condition of life,” Gyorgy Doczi tells us.  “With every breath of air, with every sip of water or bit of nourishment, we share the resources of the earth.  In The World As I See It, Albert Einstein says:  ‘a hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labours of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving’.  This is the reciprocal sharing of the Golden Rule and of the golden section.”

 

Human Nature: Growth and Value Fulfillment, or Competition vs. Cooperation

 

“The universe is of good intent.  It is automatically predisposed toward the creation of “good” events.”1

 

Theory of Evolution – Survival of the Fittest

“The theory of evolution, as it is conventionally held, has caused unfortunate beliefs.

For how can you look at yourselves with self-respect, with dignity or with joy, if you believe that you are the end product of forces in which the fittest survive?

Being the fittest implies those given most to what would appear to be murderous intent – for you must survive at the expense of your fellows, be you leaf, frog, plant, or animal.

You do not survive through cooperation, according to that theory, and nature is not given a kind or creative intent, but a murderous one.

And if you see yourselves as the end result of such a species, then how can you expect goodness or merit or creativity from yourselves, or from others?

How can you believe that you live in a safe universe when each species exists because it survives through claw, if it must hunt and kill out of murderous intent, as implied in the theories of evolution and of reality itself?

Man is not basically endowed with “warlike characteristics.”

He does not naturally murder.  He does not naturally seek to destroy his own life or [the lives of] others.

There is no battle for survival — but while you project such an idea upon natural reality, then you will read nature, and your own experiences with it, in that fashion.

So when you think of your beliefs and who you are, you must also think of your species, and how you are told your species came to be.”2

The point is that war and violence are learned behavior.  The anthropologist Ashley Montagu writes, “Human beings can learn virtually anything”.  Sally Carrighar stated in Man and Aggression that “War is not in our genes”.

“While it is obvious that many men are killers, it is equally true that many more are not…man’s propensity for violence is not a racial or a species attribute woven into his genetic fabric.  It is culturally conditioned by history and the ways of life.”  So wrote Rene Dubos in 1971.

 

The Scientific Belief in Competition and Struggle

“The individual is a stranger, almost an alien, in his or her own environment, in which he must struggle to survive, not only against the “uncaring” forces of the immediate environment, but against genetic determinism.

He must fight against his own body, overemphasize its susceptibility to built-in defects, diseases, and against a built-in time bomb, so to speak, when without warning extinction will arrive.

Science does not stress the cooperative forces of nature.

It glories in distinctions, specifications, and categories, and is quite blind, generally speaking, to the uniting forces that are of course every bit as real.

Your beliefs, for example, cause you to deny the existence of emotions in animals, and any instances of love among them are assigned to “blind” instinct”.

The love and cooperation that forms the basis of all life, however, shows itself in many ways.

Science seems to be of the opinion that the individual is important only insofar as he or she serves the purposes of the species’ survival.

I am saying that the existence of each individual is important to the value fulfillment of the species.

The value fulfillment of the individual and the species go hand in hand.

No species biologically considers its own existence with other species except in a cooperative manner – that is, there is no basic competition between species.

When you think that there is, you are reading nature wrong.”3

American ecologist W.C. Allee said, “The balance between the cooperative…and the egoistic is relatively close.  Under many conditions the cooperative forces lose.  In the long run, however, the group-centered, more altruistic drives are slightly stronger.”

 

Pure Survival vs. Quality of Life

“There has been great discussion in past years about the survival of the fittest, in Darwinian terms, but little emphasis is placed upon the quality of life, or of survival itself; or in human terms, [there has been] little probing into the question of what makes life worthwhile.

Quite simply, if life is not worthwhile, no species will have a reason to continue.

Civilizations are literally social species. They die when they see no reason to live, yet they seed other civilizations.

Your private mental states en masse bring about the mass cultural stance of your civilization.

To some extent, then, the survival of your civilization is quite literally dependent upon the condition of each individual; and that condition is initially a spiritual, psychic state that gives birth to the physical organism.

That organism is intimately connected to the natural biological state of each other person, and to each other living thing, or entity, however minute.

Despite all “realistic” pragmatic tales to the contrary, the natural state of life itself is one of joyful acquiescence with itself— a state in which action is effective, and the power to act is a natural right.

You would see this quite clearly with plants, animals, and all other life if you were not so blinded by beliefs to the contrary.

You would feel it in the activity of your bodies, in which the vital individual affirmation of your cells brings about the massive, immensely complicated achievement of your physical being.

That activity naturally promotes health and vitality.

I am not speaking of some romanticized, “passive,” floppy, spiritual reality, but of a clear reality without impediments, in which the opposite of despair and apathy reigns.”4

 

Maintaining Quality of Life

“A country is responsible for its own droughts, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes — and for its own harvests and rich display of products, its industry and cultural achievements, and each of these elements is related to each other one.

If the quality of life that is considered spiritually and biologically necessary fails, then adjustments occur.

A political problem might be altered by a natural disaster if political means fail.

On the other hand, the rousing creative energies of the people will emerge.

Excellence will show itself through the arts, cultural creativity, technological or sociological accomplishments.

The species tries to fulfill its great capacities.

Each physical body in its own way is like the world.

It has its own defenses and abilities, and each portion of it strives for a quality of existence that will bring to the smallest parts of it the spiritual and biological fulfillment of its own nature.

Whenever the conditions of life are such that its quality is threatened, there will be such a mass statement.

The quality of life must be at a certain level so that the individuals of a species — of any and all species — can develop.

In your species the spiritual, mental and psychic abilities add a dimension that is biologically pertinent.

There simply must be, for example, a freedom to express ideas, an individual tendency, a worldwide social and political context in which each individual can develop his or her abilities and contribute to the species as a whole.

Such a climate depends, however, upon many ideas not universally accepted — and yet the species is so formed that the biological importance of ideas cannot be stressed too strongly.

Survival, of course, is important, but it is not the prime purpose of a species, in that it is a necessary means by which that species can attain its main goals.

Of course [a species] must survive to do so, but it will purposefully avoid survival if the conditions are not practically favorable to maintain the quality of life or existence that is considered basic.

A species that senses a lack of this quality can in one way or another destroy its offspring — not because they could not survive otherwise, but because the quality of that survival would bring about vast suffering, for example, so distorting the nature of life as to almost make a mockery of it.”5

 

Cooperation vs. Competition

“Each species is involved in a cooperative venture, upon which ultimately all earthly existence rests.

This cooperation that I speak of is based on love, and that love has a biological as well as a spiritual basis.

The biological basis of all life is a loving, divine and cooperative one, and presupposes a safe physical stance from which any member of any species feels actively free to seek out its needs and to communicate with others of its kind.

Roots do not struggle to exist.  One species does not fight against the others to live.

Instead creativity emerges, and cooperatively the environment of the world is known and planned by all the species.

What appears to be struggle and death to you at those levels is not, for the experience of consciousness itself is different there, as is the experience of your own cellular composition.

All life is cooperative.  It also knows it exists beyond its form.

Religion and science alike denied other species any real consciousness.

When man spoke of the sacredness of life — in his more expansive moods — he referred to human life alone.

You are not in competition with other species, nor are you in any natural competition with yourselves. Nor is the natural world in any way the result of competitiveness among species.

If that were the case you would have no world at all.

Individually, you exist physically because of the unsurpassed cooperation that exists just biologically between your species and all others, and on deeper levels because of the cellular affiliations that exist among the cells of all species.

While you believed in competition, then competition became not only a reality but an ideal.

Children are taught to compete against each other. The child naturally “competes” against herself or himself in an urge to outdo an old performance with a new.

Competition has been promoted as the ideal at all levels of activity.

It is as if you must look at others to see how you are doing — and when you are taught  not to trust your own abilities, then of course you need the opinions of others overmuch.

I am not speaking of any playful competition, obviously, but of a determined, rigorous, desperate, sometimes almost deadly competition, in which a person’s value is determined according to the number of individuals he or she has shunted aside.

This is carried through in economics, politics, medicine, the sciences, and even the religions. So I would like to reinforce the fact that life is indeed a cooperative venture, and that all the steps taken toward the ideal must of themselves be life-promoting.”6

 

“This competitive tendency has spread from the home to the school and campus, to organizations, and of course to international relationships.  It breeds distrust, suspicion and jealousy wherever it goes.  As our security increases through meditation, we find we do not need to compete, for the source of joy and wisdom is right within us.  Competition has so distorted our vision that we are defensive towards even our dear ones, but as our meditation deepens, we see what lasting joy there is in trying to complete one another rather than compete against one another.”7

 

“Harmony itself is the finest relationship that can be nourished between two entities.  It both honors their differences yet binds them into one.” – Keith Critchlow

 

Growth

“You were born with the impetus toward growth built in — automatically provided with the inner blueprints that would lead to a developed adult form.

Not only the cells, but the atoms and molecules that compose them contained a positive intent to cooperate in a bodily formation, to fulfill themselves, and they were then predisposed not only toward survival, but with an idealization leading toward the best possible development and maturity.

All of those characteristics have their sources in Framework 2 (metaphysical time/space), for the psychological medium in Framework 2 is automatically conducive to creativity.

It is not simply a neutral dimension, therefore, but contains within itself an automatic predisposition toward the fulfillment of all patterns inherent within it.

At birth, each person is automatically equipped with the capacity toward natural growth that will most completely satisfy its own abilities — not at the expense of others, but in an overall context in which the fulfillment of each individual assures the fulfillment of each other individual.

In all forms of life each individual is born into a world already provided for it, with circumstances favorable to its growth and development; a world in which its own existence rests upon the equally valid existence of all other individuals and species, so that each contributes to nature’s whole.

In that environment there is a cooperative sociability of a biological nature that is understood by the animals in their way, and taken for granted by the young of your own species.

The means are given so that the needs of the individual can be met.The granting of those needs furthers the development of the individual, its species, and by inference all others in the fabric of nature.

When you enter time and physical life, you are already aware of its conditions.

You are biologically and psychologically predisposed to grow within that rich environment, to contribute on all levels to the fulfillment of your species — but more than this, to add your own unique viewpoint and experience to the greater patterns of consciousness of which you are part.”8

 

Natural Law

“You were born with an in-built recognition of your own goodness.

You were born with an inner recognition of your rightness in the universe.

You were born with a desire to fulfill your abilities, to move and act in the world.

 

Those assumptions are the basis of what I will call natural law.

 

You are born loving. You are born compassionate.

You are born curious about yourself and your world.

 

Those attributes also belong to natural law.

 

You are born knowing that you possess a unique, intimate sense of being that is itself, and that seeks its own fulfillment, and the fulfillment of others.

You are born seeking the actualization of the ideal.

You are born seeking to add value to the quality of life, to add characteristics, energies, abilities to life that only you can individually contribute to the world, and to attain a state of being that is uniquely yours, while adding to the value fulfillment of the world.

All of these qualities and attributes are given you by natural law.

You are a cooperative species, and you are a loving one.

Your misunderstandings, your crimes, and your atrocities, real as they are, are seldom committed out of any intent to be evil, but because of severe misinterpretations about the nature of good, and the means that can be taken toward its actualization.

Most individual people know that in some inner portion of themselves.

Your societies, governments, educational systems, are all built around a firm belief in the unreliability of human nature.

“You cannot change human nature.”

Such a statement takes it for granted that man’s nature is to be greedy, a predator, a murderer at heart.

You act in accordance with your own beliefs. You become the selves that you think you are.

Your individual beliefs become the beliefs of your society, but there is always a give-and-take.”9

 

Value Fulfillment

“The term “value fulfillment” is very difficult to explain, but it is very important.

Obviously it deals with the development of values — not moral values, however, but values for which you really have no adequate words.

Quite simply, these values have to do with increasing the quality of whatever life the being feels at its center.

The quality of that life is not simply to be handed down or experienced, for example, but is to be creatively added to, multiplied, in a way that has nothing to do with quantity.

Value fulfillment is a psychological and physical propensity that exists in each unit of consciousness, propelling it toward its own greatest fulfillment in such a way that its individual fulfillment also adds to the best possible development on the part of each other such unit of consciousness.

That characteristic of value fulfillment is perhaps the most important element in the being of All That Is, and it is a part of the heritage of all species.

It combines the nature of a loving presence—a presence with the innate knowledge of its own divine complexity—with a creative ability of infinite proportions that seeks to bring to fulfillment even the slightest, most distant portion of its own inverted complexity.

Translated into simpler terms, each portion of energy is endowed with an inbuilt reach of creativity that seeks to fulfill its own potentials in all possible variations—and in such a way that such a development also furthers the creative potentials of each other portion of reality.

Each person seeks value fulfillment, and that means that they choose various lives in such a fashion that all of their abilities and capacities can be least developed, and in such a way that their world is also enriched.

I know it is difficult to comprehend, but every object that you perceive — grass or rock or stone — even ocean waves or clouds — any physical phenomenon — has its own invisible consciousness, its own intent and emotional coloration.

Each is also endowed with patterns toward growth and fulfillment — not at the expense of the rest of nature, but to the contrary, so that every other element of nature may also be completed.

Within our time scheme each physically endowed consciousness, whatever its form or size or complexity, inherently seeks to fulfill its own highest potential – not only for itself, but for the benefit of each other such consciousness in our reality.

There is no drifting through life, then, but a built-in search for the fulfillment of values, whatever possible successes, conflicts, or failures may be involved, and no matter how modest or great or complex, any of those qualities may be.

The ecstasy and love of being always operates to ensure the quality and growth of life’s existence through value fulfillment.

Fields or planes of interrelatedness connect all kinds of life, supporting it not through, say, just one system – a biological one or a spiritual one – but at every conceivable point of its existence.

“New” energy is everywhere available.  There are no closed systems.  The environment is conscious and alive.

There are constant communications between all portions of your body and all portions of the environment.

Value fulfillment is one of the most important characteristics of existence, so that all things act individually and together in ways that best provide for the overall fulfillment of the entire construct.

Each species is characterized by basic impulses so that it is guided towards choices that best fulfill its own potentials for development while adding to the overall good of the entire world consciousness.

This does not curtail free will any more than man’s free will is curtailed because he must grow from a fetus into an adult instead of the other way around.

In physical reality, life is the name of the game – and the game is based upon value fulfillment.

That means simply that each form of life seeks toward the fulfillment and unfolding of all of the capacities that it senses within its living framework, knowing that in that individual fulfillment each other species of life is also benefited.

Life is sacred – all life – and again, all life seeks value fulfillment, not simply physical survival.”10

 

Value Fulfillment in Nature

“Each being experiences life as if it were at life’s center.

This applies to a spider in a closet as well as to any man or woman.

This principle applies to each atom as well.

Each manifestation of consciousness comes into being feeling secure at life’s center — experiencing life through itself, aware of life through its own nature.

It comes into being with an inner impetus towards value fulfillment.

It is equipped with a feeling of safety, of security within its own environment with which it is fit to deal.

It is given the impetus toward growth and action, and filled with the desire to impress its world.

In those terms, animals have values, and if the quality of their lives disintegrates beyond a certain point, the species dwindles.

We are not speaking of survival of the fittest, but the survival of life with meaning.

Life is meaning for animals. The two are indistinguishable.

You say little, for example, if you note that spiders make webs instinctively because spiders must eat insects, and that the best web maker will be the fittest kind of spider to survive.

It is very difficult for me to escape the sticky web of your beliefs.

The web, however, in its way represents an actualized ideal on the spider’s part — and if you will forgive the term, an artistic one as well.

It amazes the spiders that flies so kindly fall into those webs. You might say that the spider wonders that art can be so practical.

What about the poor unsuspecting fly? Is it then so enamored of the spider’s web that it loses all sense of caution?  For surely flies are the victims of such nefarious webby splendors.

We are into sticky stuff indeed.

For one thing, you are dealing with different kinds of consciousness than your own.

They are focused consciousnesses, surely, each one feeling itself at life’s center.

While this is the case, however, these other forms of consciousness also identify then with the source of nature from which they emerge.

In a way impossible to explain, the fly and the spider are connected, and aware of the connection. Not as hunter and prey, but as individual participants in deeper processes.

Together they work toward a joint kind of value fulfillment, in which both are fulfilled.

There are communions of consciousness of which you are unaware.

While you believe in theories like the survival of the fittest, however, and the grand fantasies of evolution, then you put together your perceptions of the world so that they seem to bear out those theories.

You will see no value in the life of a mouse sacrificed in the laboratory, for example, and you will project claw-and- fang battles in nature, completely missing the great cooperative venture that is involved.

Each species is endowed with emotional feelings, immersed in an interior system of value fulfillment.

Each species, again, then, is not only concerned with physical survival and the multiplication of its members, but [with] an intensification and fulfillment of those particular qualities that are characteristic of it.”11

 

Men & Women Are Born With Curiosity for Experience

“Men and women are born with curiosity about all sensations, and about all possible life experiences.

They are thirsty for experience of all kinds. Their curiosity is not limited to the pretty or the mundane.

Men and women are born with a desire to push beyond the limits— to, “explore where no man has ever gone before”.

Men and women are born with a sense of drama, a need of excitement.

Life itself is excitement.

The quietest mood rides the thrust of spectacular molecular activity.

You forget many of your quite natural inclinations, feelings, and inner fantasies as you mature into adults, because they do not fit into the picture of the kind of people, or experience, or species you have been taught to believe you are.”12

 

Men & Women Are Born With a Need for a Meaningful Life

“In your society, it is generally thought that a person must have a decent livelihood, a family or other close relationships, good health, and a sense of belonging if the individual is to be at all productive, happy, or content.

Better social programming, greater job opportunities, health plans or urban projects, are often considered the means that will bring fulfillment “to the masses.”

Little if anything is said about the personality’s innate need to feel that his life has purpose and meaning.

Little is said about the personality’s innate desire for drama, the kind of inner spiritual drama in which an individual can feel part of a purpose that is his own, and yet is greater than himself.

There is a need within man to feel and express heroic impulses.

His true instincts lead him spontaneously toward the desire to better the quality of his own life and that of others.

He must see himself as a force in the world.

An individual can possess wealth and health, can enjoy satisfying relationships, and even fulfilling work, and yet live a life devoid of the kind of drama of which I speak — for unless you feel that life itself has meaning, then each life must necessarily seem meaningless, and all love and beauty end only in decay.”13

 

Men & Women Are Born to Seek Creativity

“Creativity is an in-built impetus in man, far more important than, say, what science calls the satisfaction of basic needs.

In those terms, creativity is the most basic need of all.

I am not speaking here of any obsessive need to find order — in which case, for example, a person might narrow his or her mental and physical environment — but of a powerful drive within the species for creativity, and for the fulfillment of values that are emotional and spiritual.

And if man does not find these, then the so-called basic drives toward food or shelter will not sustain him.

I am not simply saying that man does not live for bread alone. I am saying that if man does not find meaning in life he will not live, bread or no.

He will not have the energy to seek bread, nor trust his impulse to do so.

There are natural laws, then, that guide all kinds of life, and all realities — laws of love and cooperation — and those are the basic needs of which I am speaking.”14

 

As Keith Critchlow writes, “What is becoming increasingly urgent is that the modernists of today’s world need to change their perception of the totality of things from competition to one which is based on complete interdependency; and to see each of us as responsible, not only for our own wholeness, but also for the whole of the human family and the natural world as well.  Any other path will increase conflict and deprive us of our collective birthright, that of peace of mind and body.”

 

Conclusion

In this article we are asking that each person look at their belief systems regarding humanity and human nature to see if they believe humans are inherently evil, bad or stupid, or if they believe that humanity is inherently good.

Coming to terms with your beliefs is one of the most important tasks we can do.  We must recognize what our beliefs are, and then ask ourselves why we believe what we do, and are our beliefs working for us – helping us fulfill ourselves to our highest potential for the greatest good – or are they hindering us?

 

Despite scientific and religious beliefs to the contrary, humanity is naturally good and cooperation and value fulfillment is the basic motivation of all species of life.

Survival of the species is not the most important aspect of reality.  The quality of life that each species can cultivate for themselves while adding to quality of life of each other species is the most important aspect of reality.

 

“Interdependency is fundamental to the spiritual perspective.”15

 

It may be hard for some to accept these truths.  They can be contemplated, and of course, either accepted or rejected.

If rejected, ask yourself why.

 

At Cosmic Core we want each person to achieve peace of mind, good health, vitality, creativity, compassion, wisdom and fulfillment.  However each person must come to these things in their own way and in their own time.  If you do want these things you have to work for them.  They won’t be just given to you.

We also recognize that some don’t want to achieve these things.  If you don’t, ask yourself why.

At the very least, try to know and understand yourself and your motivations.  What more can we say?

 

  1. Roberts, Jane, The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, Amber-Allen Publishing, 1981
  2. Roberts, Jane, The “Unknown” Reality Vol II, Amber-Allen Publishing, 1979
  3. Roberts, Jane, The Magical Approach, Amber-Allen Publishing, 1995
  4. Roberts, Jane, The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, Amber-Allen Publishing, 1981
  5. ibid.
  6. ibid.
  7. Easwaran, Eknath, The End of Sorrow: The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living, Vol I, Nilgiri Press, 1975
  8. Roberts, Jane, The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, Amber-Allen Publishing, 1981
  9. ibid.
  10. Roberts, Jane, Dreams, Evolution and Value Fulfillment, Amber-Allen Publishing, 1986
  11. Roberts, Jane, The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, Amber-Allen Publishing, 1981
  12. Roberts, Jane, Dreams, Evolution and Value Fulfillment, Amber-Allen Publishing, 1986
  13. Roberts, Jane, The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, Amber-Allen Publishing, 1981
  14. ibid.
  15. Critchlow, Keith, The Hidden Geometry of Flowers: Living Rhythms, Form and Number, Floris Books, 2011

 

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