How we see ourselves and each other.
Who Am I?
This question has been asked throughout eternity, but unfortunately there is no one answer. Fundamentally all we know is that we are alive, that we have this body, mind and consciousness, and we call ourselves human beings. Beyond this individual aspect of self, we have various creation theories and the social structures of civilization that determine how we see our selves and our place in the world.
Few of us see ourselves as being this human body that we possess and reside in, we see ourselves as our social identity. Many say this represents a failure as the body is manipulated and becomes a social tool and an object of derision or fascination independent of the personality.
To be complete, we must recognise that we are body, mind and spirit and like our skin, our personality reflects who we are to the world around us.
Our human body
"Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel." Kevin Trudeau, laws of modern man.
This wonderful organism is the basis of our worldly experience and given the right circumstances, it is fully self healing, self repairing and capable of remaining healthy and active well beyond one hundred years as discussed in longevity.
The human body has many parts which co-operate to function as a complete entity or community, but it is typically dissected into it's constituent parts as head, torso, limbs and the systems of digestion, elimination and reproduction. Further reduction defines skin, bone, muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, blood, lymphatic, cerebrospinal and digestive fluids along with a host of enzymes, bacteria and other beneficial organisms making for ease of understanding. One of the unfortunate effects of dissection into component parts is that often the relationship to the 'whole' is lost.
All our body parts are linked by the central nervous system to create a co-ordinated functioning whole body linked into consciousness. Consciousness is less well understood by the mind, and this seems to be tied into our very identity; who are we? All we know for sure is that we are the sum total of parts listed above and that our survival is dependent on our planetary home and our peaceful co-existence with our fellow man. Some elements of consciousness are discussed under psychology.
We hold that every individual human body and human being is a marvel of creation, a treasure-house of the spirit to be celebrated regardless of gender or fortune, yet the human body is subject to judgement and many social, commercial, religious and political influences. Moralists and politicians argue that the body is sinful and this edict has come with such religious and political power, that generations of people have become afraid of their bodies and powerless.
Fortunately this era is now slipping away behind us, however these judgements affect and shape our lives to the detriment of freedom and where freedom is denied, health suffers. I do not argue for promiscuity, public nudity, I argue for universal responsibility and a good heart and conscious effort to create a world where everyone is self responsible and free of limiting judgements.
"Naturists shed their public persona, along with their clothes,
to free themselves from the connections to
work and family outside their retreat.
"There is a certain amount of freedom.
If you are wearing clothes you instantly identify yourself
as somebody in this class or that.
If you take clothes away - gone."
HistoryWe do not know if we evolved from the amoeba, were created by divine intelligence, or some ancestor from the stars abandoned us here. While which we develop or learn beliefs about our origins which help to give some meaning to life we have no absolute knowing, all we have is belief based on the opinions of others.
At this time while researchers continue to find links in the evolution model it does not answer all our questions and beliefs can limit us. All to often we believe that something cannot be done, but those beliefs are often shattered when someone does the unbelievable and our history is full of examples with moon landings and other achievements.
We know that to be successful, we must at least suspend our disbelief to move forward as the belief that 'I cannot' prevents growth and learning. Now given that our origins are simply beliefs and not facts, the facts that we know are:
- We exist
- We do not know our origins or why we are here
- We have amazing potential
- That our life is dependent of our planetary home
- There is other life that we co-exist with
- Life often involves suffering
- Suffering can be overcome
This area will feature information not only about our anatomy and physiology which is often the primary focus of health care, but who we are as human beings and the complex relationships that limit or support life and health.