The body -
the full picture
It is now
that we have a chance to fully investigate how it all fits together. A model of
life in this physical universe. In fact all life on this planet, and on this
physical plain is subjected to this.
The base of this triangle is the highest in priority, and fulfilment of the
each of these will follow the triangle upwards, and in order. Each must be
fulfilled before the next will be addressed.
Starting from the bottom up.
- Survival of the species and procreation
Surprisingly enough, and despite what some authorities might have to say
on the subject this is our primary concern in life. Everything that we do
or plan, is to achieve this end. Let's start with nature as an example,
and you will find in general that there is one alpha male or female. This
male or female, through prowess and physical strength has earned the right
to father / mother all of the young. Why is this so, simply to ensure that
the best genes are always passed on from generation to generation.
Now in human society the same dynamic is at work, except our society is a
far more complex one. Our measurement of strength and prowess are not the
same as directly in nature, which relies purely on physical strength. The
reason for this is that our survival in so-called civilized society, is
measured by different standards. In our society the measures of strength
and prowess are measured by various standards, and although physical does
play a role, there are a number of other aspects which come into play
here. The ability to provide, food & shelter, even status plays a
role, and obviously not forgetting that good genes also play a role. Now
this would raise the question of who is the one looking, the female or the
male of the species. I think the issue here is the perspective from which
this is viewed, male or female.
Male perspective is clearly looking for the most beautiful mate, who will
rear the best looking young (pass on the best genes) Note that in today's
society there is another factor which has become prevalent in female
companions, and that is intelligence. How would a female show this.
Typically through career success. The so-called emancipation of the woman
of our species. They have become strong, and intelligent, and independent.
Just think how attractive this is, well at least for some. Another point
to consider in this instance is that, and through no fault of theirs,
woman are beginning to realize that the males of our species (the ones
with the goods genes in any event), are for the most part far from
adequate care givers, and they have to thus place themselves in a position
to provide for in this need themselves.
Looking at it from the female perspective. This is a multidimensional
view, and depends rather on the evolution of the female in question. There
are however a few issues which are considered instinctively by the females
of the species.
- Looks - Although this is somewhat superficial, this
plays a very important role in the seeking of a mate for the purpose of
procreation, making babies. Interestingly enough this may not necessarily
mean that the mate is required to be a care giver after conception. This
since the female would either be fulfilling this role herself, or find
another who could do this.
Power - This is in our
society is usually ruled by a few specific situations, money or status. The
first however seems to be the more important of the two, as money can buy
status . Interestingly this is usually also a vice left to the physically less
perfect of the species, the perfect don’t need it. So we seek to achieve as
much power as possible through the money that we earn, the more the better, as
this will give us a perceived capability of being a good care giver, and a show
of the male's ability to survive and ensure the survival of the young, which
after all and in the big picture, is the responsibility of the female of the
species. It simply makes them look better. Another dynamic, which seems to be
entering into this equation, to some extent is mental ability or intelligence.
Although this does not play the strongest role, this does seem to help
somewhat, as this could possibly earn status, which is merely another form of
power. Something else which comes to mind is that although this is not totally
mutually exclusive, the pretty ones are not always the most intelligent, they
don't really need it. In both instances however a perceived power is created.
Male and female.
Another point to consider here is that the one with the goods genes, and the
care giver do not necessarily have to be the same. Considering this, is there
still doubt in your mind about this being the most important aspect in the
triangle of life. The most important thing to remember here is that everything
we do is simply to ensure the best possible mate, so as to ensure the best
possible outcome in respect of the successful survival of the species, and
rearing the best possible genes. (Ever hear them say that there is someone for
Keeping all of this in mind you will also find
that in each case, the male attempts to achieve one of the above two states in
order to ensure that he would get the best mate, whilst the female will always
attempt to make herself desirable to ensure that she gets the best genes for
passing on to her young, whilst also ensuring their future survival. This may
sound crass and without feeling, but if you really think about it, you are
likely to agree that there is not much more to it than that. What about love
you ask? Well simply an emotion resulting from a chemical secretion of the
body, hormones designed to ensure the need to procreate and make the species
survive. Especially if you think about the first amazing feeling of desire and
so-called love, also known as a crush. Note also that at this level basic
animal attractions play the strongest role.
- Food and liquid needs of the body & shelter
These are fairly obvious needs of the body. This is fairly important for
the survival of the body, and is therefore a need which requires
fulfillment. An interesting thought however would be to consider why the
body wishes to fulfil in this need, and it is clear that this is merely to
ensure that the body can further continue and procreate, and so ensure the
survival of the species. Another point which needs be considered in this
instance, is that this is something which could be used to attract a mate.
Can you provide food & shelter for your mate. For the most part it is
also important to know that this is usually and traditionally a task
performed by the male of the species, being physically the stronger of the
species, as this is likely to attract a suitable mate, (your perceived
best). This will also typically be used by the lesser males to attract a
better mate. In our society money usually does the trick, as this makes it
possible to provide both quite adequately. An interesting thought is that
the female of the species usually also could catch a mate with cooking
skills, can you feed my young well, if I provide the food. Feeding me also
helps. Ever hear the saying that.. " the path to mans heart is
through their stomach"
The point here is that there is clearly a definitive link between this
tier of the triangle and the previous one. Both these levels complement
each other, and support to the bottom level is clear offered by this
- Comfort & security.
Once the basic body survival needs have been addressed, it could be
suggested that the next step up is to become comfortable. Although this in
itself plays a very small role in the basic scheme of things, and
specifically survival. This is really where our human part starts coming
through. We want to be comfortable, we desire what others have, we want to
be able to do the things that we want to. Interestingly this does not fall
totally out of the survival dynamic, which is still simply based on
getting the best possible mate. Which mate does not want comfort and security.
Again in our society money usually does the trick. Also this is a vice
which the lesser males (physical gene appeal) of the species have to rely
on heavily to get the better mate (perceived). Give the perception to the
other that you will be a better caregiver or better provider, etc.
- Spiritual growth.
Once all of the bodily needs have been fulfilled in, the human will now
have the time to pursue other things usually spiritual in nature. The
quest for understanding, and knowing our purpose, why we are here, what is
the point of all of this. Again this has in our society become a tool by
which the basic first survival dynamic is enhanced. Status that this could
bring to the bearer has an appeal for some. This does create a very
interesting second line of survival. Another thought is that this is where
the definitive differentiation between animal and human starts to occur,
and although some of the humanity starts to come through already in the
comfort and security dynamic, our real ability to think and wonder starts
to thrive here. An interesting dynamic which appears to also be
forthcoming at this level seems to be the desire for other species to
continue surviving, not just your own. Humans tend to become less selfish
at this level.
So what is
the real conclusion…
Simply this. Few of your pursuits as a human will fall outside of the construct
of this basic survival dynamic. Keeping this in mind and once fully
understanding this, you as a being are far more likely to understand the purpose
of life, and what we are really doing here. It will also help us make better
informed decisions about how we live our lives, as we now know why we do
certain things. It will also help us to gain control of it and muster it's
power. As this is in it's purest form the most powerful of all.
So the question then remains. Where are you placed in this scheme of things,
which of your needs have been fulfilled, and which have not been?..
Author Bio :
The author, Pieter Heydenrych is a Reiki master who maintains both sites Learn how to meditate as well as The Order of Perfect. In both instances the sites are dedicated to enlightenment and the spread of knowledge to all who wish to learn.
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