The Human Operating Manual

Part III: The Macro & Micro

The big, the small, and the why

What is the meaning of life? What is our purpose? Is there something beyond the world we perceive now?

Regardless of our modern day scientific achievements, these questions still seem to go unanswered. Other than by gurus, religious leaders, or trippers who like to dismiss them with answers like love, or to have faith in the idea that everything happens for a reason. Don’t get me wrong, these are excellent answers for setting the overactive mind at ease in the short-term, but we can’t believe in Santa Claus forever. 

Which brings us to the culture problem: By blindly following cultural traditions, without reevaluating them when new evidence appears that is contrary to those beliefs, we run the risk of facing cognitive dissonance and identity crises. Cultures have always changed over time, but our technology has far exceeded our ability to adapt to it.

Before I get ostracized, I’m not saying we should abandon all of our traditions and cultural beliefs. Most traditions are the result of generational experimentation, the passing of knowledge, and lessons in social and environmental cohesion. Meaning there is great value in understanding how and why we believe what we do, but if there is an idea from another culture or scientific discipline that runs counter to ours, we need a better method than believing the other team must have gotten it all wrong.                   

This is why we need to employ greater interdisciplinary investigation into all aspects of our lives. Which brings us to the grand purpose of the Macro and Micro section. By comparing and contrasting ideas across cultures and scientific disciplines, we should be able to find similar patterns of cause and effect. An emergence of sorts. We hope to build a summary of these trends in order to reflect on how we are affected by them and how we can further our collective knowledge. 

The categories listed here are bound to change, just like our belief systems should when we are confronted with new information, but these are the chosen topics we hope will lead us towards a greater understanding of life, human consciousness, and our part to play in this universal game of perceived existence:

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