Mental illnesses lift out into bas-relief segments of our normal emotional function that have been evolved in the successive eras of our six million year hominid legacy, as if placing them under a microscope and magnifying their fundamental elements.
The anxiety disorders reveal that the source of their emanation is our social ecology. Separation anxiety and the anxiety of being trapped outside one’s group both pull and push us toward the center. Whereas anxiety is felt from within us, it is we who live within the two different forms of depression like the weather, or, perhaps, more like foul smells that constantly motivate us to sniff out and extinguish their causes in our relational webs. Is it something I did at work? Some careless remark I made that disturbed my wife or a personal friend? The nested groups in which we live regulate themselves by secreting these foul humors.
The intensity of these social anxieties and depressions in dogs and humans suggest that both of us were domesticated: these same emotions exist in wolves and apes but were suddenly strengthened by many orders of magnitude. Of course, it was we who domesticated dogs, but our ancestral hominids managed to domesticate themselves. We will examine in detail in the coming weeks exactly how the dominance mentality of individuals Ascended to assume the collective entity of group authority which then evolved the means to vastly strengthen the emotions discussed above. The effect was to squeeze together each small group of individuals into a single organism with a single consciousness.
Then Schizophrenia illustrates the manner in which this group consciousness was experienced directly in the realm of thoughts through the emotion of belief. While our ancestors were utterly immersed within the beliefs radiated by their groups, they now exist for us as the rules of the endlessly elaborate games that we humans have been released to play as if children.
Mania reveals what is exclusively human about us. We are compelled by our pervasive sexuality, but why? We compete with each other in sexual display games refereed by the ancient rules evolved by our groups; but what is going on here? What is the meaning of this bizarre new twist?
Keep tuned in.