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What Corona Teaches us about Human Nature

If you want to see a picture perfect definition of bumper to bumper traffic, look no further than a weekday drive to downtown Montreal.

Montreal is a metropolis that is constantly bustling and productive, which is why on Wednesday, the total lack of cars came to me as a shock. People are in a state of anxiety and panic and there is travesty across the globe. We have prioritized our safety over our jobs. Universities are closed, and all academic duties seem to be excused and postponed. We look around and see people rushing in line at Costco an hour before it opens, just to get their hands on toilet paper – most of these individuals wearing a medical mask.

It’s easy to look at this mass panic and believe everyone only has their own backs. But this much is human nature, and is already known. What isn’t known or obvious, is the unification and interest in the human species we all seem to have.

In a flash, virtually every country has barred its borders and limited international affairs. There has been no backlash or offense taken between the countries, as all the leaders have understood the fear of the masses. Every country has taken up a variety of medical precautions, and its citizens are locked in a state of global awareness. When another country faces blows from Corona, everyone watches and learns, and then takes preventative measures at home. As groups, we are ensuring our own protection, and all groups are doing the same for themselves. No groups are feeling embittered, as it is understood that this is an intuitive strategy to prevent the virus. Some may see this as wholly selfish, but really it is indicative of an impressive collective understanding.

In the state of pandemic, it is true that humans are wired to look out for themselves first. Though perhaps flawed, this instinct has likely helped humanity withstand the test of time. However, it is endearing to know that in the face of universal challenges, we do not look at the US vs Corona, or China vs Corona, or Iran vs Corona, or Swahili vs Corona, instead, we look at the Human Race vs Corona – and everyone is on the same team.

At least, this is my impression. What are your thoughts? Is this post overly optimistic? Are people totally just out to protect themselves in spite of the well being of the larger community?

Thank you for reading, please consider making the most of your quarantine!

Outlandish Ideas

The Midconscious, Conscious, and Unconscious

I would like to preface this post in particular by reminding the reader that Foolhero is a blog primarily for thoughts and hypotheses, and less so for conclusions.

The conscious or ego speaks using words.

The unconscious speaks using mental or physiological reactions. The midconscious speaks to us in images and is the mediator between unconscious and conscious. The conscious is rational, yang, the unconscious is hectic, yin – and the midconscious is the relationship between these two. Dreams, visions, images that come to us, thoughtful gut feelings – these are not examples of chaos – they are rationalizations of it. This is the midconscious – which is the process of transforming the invisible into the visible.

The unconscious picks up on cues that are invisible to us.

These cues cannot instantly be translated into rational thought or language. The mind compensates this by grouping cues from the unconscious into images or symbols, which appear to spring forth from an invisible source. These images appear to us during dreams and visions primarily, however also through visual thought or “gut-feeling” wisdom. The conscious perceives these images and attempts to rationalize them. This process is from “invisible to visible”, where unconscious is “invisible”, midconscious is “to”, and conscious is “visible”.

This idea stems from the shortcomings presented by the dyad of conscious and unconscious.

We are led to believe that things such as dreams or visions are simply aspects of the unconscious. However, this does not make sense. The unconscious is better understood as limited to all that is instinctually elusive or invisible to the conscious. Dreams and visions are not totally unconscious – they are the primary step in rationalizing it. The unconscious is the artist, the midconscious is the art piece, and the conscious is the observer. The unconscious is the writer, the midconscious is the written, and the conscious is that which reflects upon the writing.

In my vocabulary, the midconscious is the closest thing I can think of to the “soul”.

In this manner, I suspect that without the soul, without a spiritual appreciation of any sort, it becomes impossible to give any sort of credence to a midconscious – in other words, to rationalize the chaos in our lives. Perhaps spiritual connection is mighty for so many people because it is a necessary tool for acknowledging the presence of a midconscious. I suspect that spirituality in this context may be replaceable by simply having a truly deep and contemplated definition of the word “soul” – however, at least one of the two seem to be mandatory.

Do you disagree? Please consider letting me know why below.

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