The Ordinary Human
The ordinary human
It seems rather strange to begin a title about the human being with the word ’ordinary’. As humans, we are in the process of evolution, obviously we are evolving or perhaps mutating within our genome but particularly our consciousness. When we use the word ordinary we are alluding to the idea that we are rather ordinary–nothing very extraordinary. Of course, an immediate outcry might be that we all know people who ARE extraordinary. Perhaps that’s a good start for the differentiation. What makes some ordinary and others extraordinary? Money, looks, power, charisma, success? All of these ‘maketh man’. Others may have a je n’est sais pas quoi; a certain something that doesn’t quite fit in to the established model of extraordinary. So what is this ordinary human?
We are human by dint of our neocortex; this is what distinguishes us from higher mammals and other creatures. This part of our brain offers executive thinking–the capacity to collate all relevant input and make informed decisions based on structured and ordered thought, as well as being able to see the bigger picture–the bigger rather than local narrative. The neocortex enables us to have cognitive, rational and global understanding that also gives us a supposed superiority over the lower kingdoms. It ought to make us reason that we have stewardship over the earth, yet we only see this moral ascendency in a few people. It would appear that those who govern or rule over our lives do not appear to have such ethical or moral concerns but labour to better the local parish–inferring here to local nationalist ideals rather than global. In this way the ordinary human falls prey to the lower elements that create their self. The picture above would then be modified and be made into a variety of combinations to illustrate that the human we 'see' are in fact, operating from the forces or influence of their inner state. This is when the lower but essential components of the human being are disarrayed, disorganized, re-ordered, pushed out, buried; in this way the human is not speaking from an integral being but a being that is far from ideal.