Let me tell you about a little image that all-of-a-sudden
popped into my mind one sunday afternoon some time
ago and that struck me with its sheer beauty.
It started with the well-known question
"What the heck IS the true meaning of life?"
Quite a difficult and individual one, i know.
But again i was in the mood of looking out
So I precised the first question to "What is life?"
and of course instantly focusing on my personal
interest "What is human life?" and "What is a
human entity?" and "What is an entity?"
I reduced the term "entity" (from which "human"
is just a subdivision) to the most basic abstraction
i found: a round sphere - which kind of represents
the "perfect sole entity" to me, being some kind of
And of course you find the sphere-concept
everywhere in nature when looking around -
more often than any other shape as far as
I experienced (even more often than the spiral,
another interesting shape i´ll have to think about
Though the round sphere seems to me the most
featureless, unindividual and "natural" sole body
it still has some important features: i.e. a border
that divides the inner universe from an outer universe.
When catching on the term "universe" i suddenly found
myself thinking about planets. A planet too is a
round sphere with inner life and an outer universe.
So i wondered - if "human" and "planet" do have
some metaphoric connections - what might happen
if i try to perceive a human entity in the way i perceive
a planet entity. Then something said BANG in my head
and what i received was this intuition i happened to call
"Welcome to Planet Me". It goes like this:
PHASE ONE: Basic settings
Imagine the human mind being a planet like earth.
There are landmasses:
reliable massive slow-moving belief-alike things
where something can be build on.
And there is an ocean:
impulsive, chaotic, able to shape the continents
And there is an atmosphere:
a kind of catalysator that makes oceans and
landmasses interact in a lot of ways (i.e. rain).
So far for the basic setting. Now let´s have a closer
look at the continents.
PHASE TWO: The continents
To make the image work as an analogy i first had
to find out which features enable us to live as humans.
I found four basic functions that from my point might
completely describe the human processes: They are
"THINKING", "ACTING","FEELING" and "LEARNING".
(By the way: This is a point where - not only here but
especially here -i veryvery much would love to get
some corrections if i left something out...).
Let us pretend those four functions do represent
four continents. We´ll find out that they provide
quite liveable biotopes with their own special
lifeforms and geography.
On THINKING the dominating lifeform are
"The thoughts". THINKING is a place i perceive
like the himalaya region - with clear cold air around
enormous mountains that reach up to the sky even
higher than the clouds. It can be very exhausting
to climb up there but you might have a wonderful
far-looking perspective if you are lucky with the
weather. Let´s put this continent in the Northwest
corner of the planet.
In the Southwest, just under THINKING, there is
the continent ACTING. The dominating lifeform here are
"The actions". it is a steamy jungle region pulsing with life -
both beautiful and dangerous. And out in the woods there
seem to roam huge wild beasts you might hear howling
from time to time in a tone of desperate hunger that could let
your blood freeze. But on the peaceful coastline lots of butterflies
fill the air.
Let´s now move over to the Southeast.
We´ll soon reach the continent FEELING. It reveals a
warm volcanic landscape where huge amounts of hot
lava flow around, cooling down slowly and by then
leaving a rich ground full of minerals essential for seeds.
Of course the dominating lifeform here are "The emotions".
But they live quite endangered and have to be aware not to
get burned by the hot unstoppable lava streams all around.
The next stop would be the continent LEARNING
up in the Northeast. What we have here is wide plains,
taigas and painted deserts. The landscape seems to be
quite monotone and lifeless, moving through it is a task
that is not very comfortable. But on the way you will
surely meet a lot of the dominating lifeforms called
"The experiences" if you look out for them - they use
to hide out there under big stones - and some of them
are quite poisonous.
So this is a basic scribble of the continents.
Now what about the big ocean that surrounds
all the continents?
PHASE THREE: The ocean
Lets pretend the ocean is the representation of any sudden
short-term impulses (our animal heritage#). It knows nothing
from future or past. It has no time-standing survface where
something might be "inscribed". It always looks basically the same.
It only follows the actual circumstances and is both life-giving and
life-taking without reacting to anything else than the present situstion.
And of course - when getting whirly and wild it can bite off
great amounts from the continents. But if going into the
atmosphere as rain it will both provide essentials of life
to all the lifeforms around AND will retreat at the coastlines,
thus even enlarging the continents providing space for even
more and new lifeforms.
PHASE FOUR: The atmosphere
The atmosphere is the element that holds everything together
to work as a proper ecosphere. It floats far above the surface
as a higher principle and allows all the lifeforms on Planet U
(thoughts, actions, emotions, experiences) to stay alive,
reach out and develop. It offers basic mechanisms that use
the uncontrollable ocean for good and transport the elements
necessary for life towards the continents.
I realized four different sections - one resting over
The atmosphere above THINKING i called enlightment,
the continent ACTING is covered by the atmosphere lust,
the continent FEELING is supported by love and of course
on top of LEARNING there is understanding.
So love and lust, (the two in the warm south) as well as
enlightment and understanding (the two in the cold north)
make our continents run as liveable ecospheres. We might
even pair them the other way round: enlightment and lust
are the western, outwards-interactional oriented principles
while understanding and love seem to work as the eastern,
inwards-intraactional oriented principles.
And what we´ll find now is that there are four polar regions
on this planet - not only Northpole and Southpole, but even
a Westpole and an Eastpole which influence the continents
movements and growth direction.
Let´s have a closer look at them.
PHASE FIVE: The poles
I imagined the four poles being some kind of force field
centers somewhat similar to the magnetic fields of earth.
Therefore the opposite poles build a contrast pair.
Each pole is essentially integrated in the whole picture and
therefore has to deal somehow with the bordering areas
& atmospheres. I will show the mechanics behind it later on
but for now let´s just pretend that in an optimal situation
the continents tend to grow together with maximum speed,
thus trying to form a single landmass.
If this is the case, the poles might represent some kind
of magnetic principle the bordering areas tend to follow.
Let´s try to find out what might be behind it.
Let us start our pole-visits in the North.
This pole is located between the areas of THINKING
and LEARNING and as well between the principles enlightment
and understanding. A person who "thinks" in order to become
"enlighted" needs the same tool as aperson who "learns"
in order to get "understanding"; both need to be as reflective
as possible in order to be as effective as possible - therefore
let´s call the North pole the Pole of Reflection.
The more reflective one thinks and learns, the more
rewarding it will turn out to be.
Now let us do a great pole jump, landing at the South pole.
What do we have here? The South pole is located between
ACTING and FEELING as well as between lust and love.
Therefore let us call the Southpole the Pole of Passion.
You may use the operational thought i offered to describe
the North pole here as well to check if it might be a fitting label.
The more passionate one acts and feels, the more rewarding
will it turn out to be.
We move onward to the West pole.
It is located between THINKING and ACTING and it is where
the principles of enlightment and lust meet. What could it be?
Well, I thought that the most satisfying kind of enlightment
would be the one that seem to have no holes at all, providing s
ome kind of "final answer". And i thought that the most satisfying
action would be the one that is performed without errors, in perfect
harmony (imagine the feeling i.e. playing a difficult songbit on an
instrument and finally getting an"errorless" sequence of sounds).
So i found the West pole to be the Pole of Precision.
The more precise you are, the more rewarding will your thoughts
and actions be.
Now we will go for the fourth, the East pole.
It is located between LEARNING and FEELING.
Now what would that pole inbetween represent?
Right, you guessed it - it is the Pole of Empathy.
And as well this works together with Precision, for Precision
goes for absolute values, while Empathy always takes attention
to circumstances and therefore goes for relativity. And the more
empathic one deals with emotions and experiences, the more
rewarding will the outcomes tend to be.
PHASE SIX: equatorial lines
I found that we even have two equatorial lines connecting
Reflection and Passion as well as Precision and Empathy.
The equatorial lines build a rectangular cross, dividing the
planets surface into four equal parts.
They represent the orientation line each continent tries to
reach by growth to meet there with the continent(s) from
the other side. And for my behalf the connection between
Reflection and Passion can becalled "Ethics" (i.e. religion)
while the connection between Precision and Empathy
represents "Esthetics" (i.e.art).
These are two values that all humans follow and react to.
These are the two values every single human finds some kind
of instinctive truth in (everyone knows by heart what appears
"right" or "wrong" to him and everyone knows by heart what
appears "beautiful" or "ugly" to him).
One can develop those on his own without the need of a
social field around, so there seems to be something essential
As i just tried to show they might be understood as the results
of the interacting pole force fields. Of course, they are
completely individual in their actual realizations, but the basic
declaration fits to every single human entity.
So far for it. Now you got the basic pattern of human minds
as i see it and might even draw a map for yourself or take
a short toilet break ...
(...ROOM FOR A SHORT BREAK ...)
O.K.,you are back. Fine! Now i´m going to describe the
consequences that rise from taking on the analogy of
PHASE SEVEN: Going for growth
I already stated that continents are growing.
What does that mean?
Well, i thought about what the continents status might be.
Have they been there all the time? Are they developing?
Soi tried to imagine what kind of planet a newborn
human mind might be.
See, a baby to me seems to be motivated just by sheer
survival instinct. It longs for food, warmth, air, attention
and is driven by the basic instincts imprinted in his genetic code.
So the newborn baby appears to me as a little planet totally
covered by ocean.
When developing the baby starts to learn.
The range of possible actions grows by almost every day.
It´s feelings will develop and spread. And thinking schemes
will form. Shortly spoken: The landmasses slowly begin to
emerge from the ocean as the baby follows it´s development
path. And the more use he can make out of his four behavior
areas the faster he will grow mentally, revealing space for even
more of the continents dominant species.
This of course implicits some kind of "the more, the better"-rule,
which does not work in real geography but seems to be a good
idea when realized on thoughts, experiences, actions and feelings.
So in an optimal situation the continents grow as fast as possible,
using ethics and esthetics as their guidelines (well, they just can´t
help it, actually).
PHASE EIGHT: Longing for unity
If now the continents grow along the highly attractive
guidelines of the ethic and esthetic equators what would
happen if two (three, four) of them meet?
I found to feel that it might be the optimal situation if any
lifeform of any continent would be able to reach any point
of the surface by foot, without getting drowned in the ocean.
But what would that mean in every-day-life?
Well, it would mean that a highly developed individual with
optimal connected continents would be easy to recognize:
his thoughts would support his actions would support his emotions
would support his experiences and-so-on.
This individual would behave in a highly transparent way:
He would think the way he acts, feels and learns.
He would act the way he thinks, feels and learns.
He would feel the way he thinks, learns and acts.
He would learn the way he feels, acts and thinks.
He would not surprise you - if you come to know just his
i.e. emotions, you would easily be able to make reliable
hypotheses about his future behaviour in thinking, learning
and acting. This would be a person i call "wise by unity".
And as you might see - for a "wise and united" individual
there would be no need of knowing whether there really is a god
or not. He would have no need of impressing or suppressing
others. He would take no one´s resources away because he
would knew he already got all he needs. He would have the
deepest respect for any form of life. And he would know that he
lives along ethical and esthetical guidelines that provide him
with unity thus give him inner patience and fulfilling satisfaction.
Phew. So far for the first introduction to Planet We.
There are even more questions to answer.
The tendencies of psychological pathologies i.e. can for my behalf
be explained by the missing or underdevelopment of one or more
You might see that the missing of special landmasses result
in certain psychological "defects".
But that i might tell you another day about if you´re interested.
For now i think it´s quite a lot to chew.
Oh, one last point:
If you want to know if Planet U is on a "proper development
path", just imagine yourself standing at the verymost outer edge
of one of your continents with your eyes closed. To me you are
on the right track if you can feel the wind in your hair, resulting
from the speeding-up continents that try to unify. ;-)
***END OF PART 1 ***
Well, so much for basics. Curious how this now
might fit into the Cosmic Bigger Whole?
Then check out Part 2 right here: