Most people exercise their daily lives in much the same way they’ve done in years past. Most people have a job that’s at least somewhat similar to what they’ve had in recent years or months. They don’t have drastic changes in their lives, and if they do, they’re mostly logistical: a move to a new city, an office move, or a move to a new company into a position which has been similar to ones in which they’ve been before. And when one moves to a new company, it means that their hierarchical position is much the same as it was before. No one moves from a lowly desk clerk to CEO. And so not many people see or feel the changes that can occur in themselves, when others’ expectations of their actions are suddenly different.
Imagine war. Some readers, unfortunately, may not have to imagine it. But two generations ago, the vast majority of the population was directly or indirectly involved. They had no choice but to do things unimaginable by our current citizens. And yet how different were those humans physiologically from us today? I can’t imagine genes changing all that much in 80 years.
It’s like the Greek myth of the general who burnt his ships upon arriving at the shores of his battle. He wanted his soldiers to win knowing they’d fight all the harder with no choice of retreat.
I’m always impressed by how differently we can act when we have no other choice. Other people’s expectations of us in these situations are the same thing. The things we’ll do, the trauma we’ll endure or the confidence we suddenly pull out of nowhere are all amazing. So put yourself in situations that scare the shit out of you… I think you’ll be surprised how well you do, when failure isn’t an option and everyone is expecting the best from you.
I dreamt this one. So bear with the ridiculousness. In populations of deer, there are known to be individuals who are hyper attentive. Usually most types of deer graze in herds and as they graze, everyone keeps an eye out for predators. But as with everything, there is some natural variation in the frequencies with which certain deer ‘keep an eye out’ versus other members. So naturally there exist deer that are real keeners for predator watching. Now this seems like a pretty cool thing. The hyper vigilant deer confer a benefit to the rest of the group. Now translate this to today’s human society. I think it’s possible that those hyper vigilant deer might be branded as having some type of mental disorder. They might even be given a drug or two. Maybe Xanax for example since they might be considered ‘high strung’. But if these people who are said to have a ‘disorder’ are actually just the keener deer, and maybe they have some benefit for us.
Is it possible that when something bad is going to happen (war, drought, fire, something on a large scale that could effect a serious portion of the population) these hyper keen individuals, who are likely these days to be on drugs, might have an increased need for their ‘medicine’. Does anyone have any access to Xanax (or other equivalents) sales that might show that before major disasters, sales or use increases?
Now. Let’s get weirder. Think that humans might be connected in some way from a mental stand point? No, I don’t think that we can all communicate across oceans telepathically, but I do think that there is something for which we don’t have an explanation. “The G.O.D. Experiments” does an awesome job showing us that there are phenomenons that take place in controlled experimental settings for which western science has no explanation. Maybe these connections have an amplification effect on the above noted ‘Xanax’ effect?