The Human Operating Manual

The Death/Rebirth of Society

**Working Intro**

  • Societal structure is defined as VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous).
    • We treat the world as if it is divisible, separable, simple, and infinite when it is really complex, interconnected, finite, and an ecological-social-psychological-economic system. Our problems stem from this mismatch.
    • The young will have a never-ending childhood learning process with the increasing age and the old need to reintegrate learning.
  • Sickness from technology and also risk of tech running wild
  • Sickness from inequality
  • Overton window: political policy room for movement
  • Jamie Wheal, Daniel Schmachtenberger, Jordan Greenhall, Consilience Project, Rebel Wisdom, etc.
  • Conclusion:
    • If you are diagnosed with something, take the time to learn about it first. Use critical thinking skills to critically appraise the research before running to community groups online.
    • Unless specifically stated not to, address your needs first. Then use tools where applicable.

A political and cultural structure is an accurate representation of the overall feeling felt amongst of the masses. A form of complexity that uses individual people and their fears as the seeds for societal ideology. People who are motivated by fear (the unknown, aggressors, lack of resources, etc.) will have a government that uses this fear as a weapon for mobility. The individual actors holding that power are also victims of the overall condition of their society but they have a clear pathway that appears to offer safety from their fears. Having opportunity presented to them when they believe themselves to be in need (regardless of comparisons) provides enough motivation to take immoral action with enough conviction that what they are doing is the right thing. Unfortunately, their identity, ego, and history must align with these actions and their minds will drape a veil of self-conceit over their ineptitude to prevent the exhausting self-confrontation that may arise if the truth becomes apparent. They are not malicious; they are just suffering from trauma that uses destructive opportunity as a way of coping with that trauma. When it works for them, it reinforces that behavior, and it becomes harder and harder to decondition selfishness and greed no matter how many ayahuasca retreats they go on. 

Thinking about the societal structure as a consequence of the expression of the people’s experience is more of a “bottom-up” theory. As opposed to the usual victim-mentality, top-down ideology of blaming those actors at the top for intentionally conspiring against us. The “top 0.1%” must be evil, as they seem to be causing the public harm. The members of the public have been conditioned to believe that the underdog is the hero of the story and anybody who opposes them must be a villain. A top-down mentality assumes that there is an external threat (the other/not us) that is causing us harm in some way. This threat must appear beyond our comprehension to incite uncertainty in our fate and cause anxiety among the public (the more sensitive suffer more, while the less sensitive feel dissonance but carry on in an attempt to survive). 

If the current system is failing or weak, the ones motivated to fight for survival will spot this weakness and take advantage of it. Meaning that there was a problem that was going unaddressed, but we only notice it when there is pressure of corruption weighing on it. However, as mentioned before, we only see the straw that is breaking the camel’s back, rather than the cumulative weight that was already burdening it. We are not aware enough to spot trends while they are happening. We require an event to identify “cause-and-effect.” The “threat” is only part of the process of checks and balances. An inevitability of a fragile system. Chaos is required to destabilize something that is broken, so that something new may be born in its place. 

Understanding this, we could accept our role in entropy and welcome our demise by letting it take us under like a raging river. Fighting an immaterial object is only making us exhausted and accelerating our demise anyway. Or we could try to learn the nature of this current of humanity and try to steer ourselves through it. As far as I’m aware, the only ways to gain control over a chaotic system are to cover up the expression of the outputs (the top-down method of putting a bandaid over the problem and ignoring the underlying dysfunction for short-term gain) or the more energetically demanding (initially) bottom-up method of changing the inputs of that system to make it more efficient and resilient in the long run.

We often fear that by being emotionally vulnerable and taking risks allows the alphas (emotionally damaged and aggressive individuals) to take advantage of the weakness in the system (as mentioned earlier). What often doesn’t get addressed here is that there is always a beta, or a group of betas, that keep the alpha in line. The alpha is in desperate need to be accepted and so they fight to get to the top. Safety doesn’t seem guaranteed otherwise, unless they relearn appropriate social skills and trust in the group (typically challenging when they have been betrayed in the past). They may get a disproportionate number of resources but their needs are barely met due to their inability to feel satiated with gratitude and acceptance. Whatever the customs or requirements of the group are, the alpha will adapt for survival. If the creation of alphas is reduced, by learning to provide a healthy environment for children and identify when individual needs are not being met, the overall dynamic of the societal structure will change as a consequence. When there are too many hurt people within a hurt system, it’s only natural that a problem is going to be expressed on the level of leadership. We need consistent and trustworthy leaders to get us away from times of uncertainty. Chaotic leaders are great when we need an uprising, but after that they are not usually qualified enough to lead through times of peace. In saying that, if your opponent is somebody who has fought to get to where they are, fighting them will only put them in their comfort zone and continue the same trend even if they are defeated. The enemy of the power hungry is neglect. This is what caused their motivation in the first place. It you want to cause pain, you use neglect, but they will lash out like a dog backed into a corner. It is better to change the public, show the powerful that there is a better way, and help them to heal too. It may not seem to be the case, especially since we keep using traditionally sought-after terms like alpha and powerful to define them, but they are suffering just as much, if not more, than us. They just don’t have the awareness to acknowledge that their defense mechanism is going to kill them and us in the long -run. Foresight is damn near impossible when you are fighting for survival, so they may need help to see.    

I’ll admit that understanding those who have taken an unfair share of wealth and unearned responsibility without truly contributing to the group does not sound appealing. We feel cheated by them, and our collective species is sick and stressed out as a consequence of the lack of responsibility accepted by the government, big business, colonialism, (insert usual bad guys). However, remember that they are the response of collective trauma, not the cause. They should take responsibility for their actions, but they will only do so when they feel some sort of connection to those that they have harmed. It was our fault for allowing such weaknesses in the system in the first place. Capitalism and democracy certainly seem preferable to chaos, but there are far too many holes in those systems that allow for this kind of behavior. Don’t blame the dog for running away if you left the gate open. 

In short, we need to look after ourselves well enough to heal our trauma, learn how to deal with it long-term, build our resilience to cope with inevitable issues, help each other to learn and grow, create anti-fragile methods of planning for destruction (instead of hoping for the best), and developing sustainable ways of educating and coexisting with each other. Acknowledging that change happens and we must adapt when it does. Rather than the historically broken way of defending broken ideas even though they no longer serve us.      

Positive societal change requires

  • Personal recovery
  • Personal anti-fragility
  • Growth
  • Teaching and facilitating recovery and growth for others (explore and play, teach others, reconsolidate information, create new meaning)
  • Taking responsibility
  • Societal anti-fragility
  • Societal growth

Personal purpose and meaning will change over time. At first, we’ll acknowledge what it means to give hope (a temporary measure as it only provides the desire for something other than what they have, in order to cross the threshold required for change), next we’ll take them through their personal journey of utilizing their previous experience and desire to contribute (after trauma recovery of course), next we’ll introduce societal trauma and needs so that we can heal them as a collective. Finally, we can carry out a purpose and untied motivation for humans. 

As mentioned earlier, these models are a bottom-up method of utilizing the theory of complexity. Each level must be an extension of the previous, which must serve as a sturdy yet adaptable foundation for the next. Human collectives are an expression of the primal emotions of the individuals present. They resonate together (evening out their temperaments) and the result is a collective function. 

The individual energetic capacity is very low. We can only store and use a very limited amount of information (or stress) at any given time. However, we are often led to believe that our individual potential is endless. I feel this only feels apparent because most people follow the path of least resistance in order to conserve energy, so they never actually find their true limits, which adapt to fit their current usage anyway (to a biological limit). The silver lining to this observation is that we are yet to find our collective limits. We’ve never worked together as a species this large before. If we can overcome our differences there is no way of knowing how far we can go. 

People need to find their true “why.” Is it fear, hate, anger, resentment, uncertainty, or lack of personal autonomy? At their core they are all fear based. However, if you can dig down to the true why for your actions, it is easier to make smarter decisions that won’t result in feeling empty at the end of the road. We build habits to handle the threats that are of the most danger, or of highest frequency, to our identity and safety. Sometimes these threats are imaginary or our previous reactions to real threats were perceived as effective at the time. Meaning we carry out ineffective actions to cope with observed threats and the lack of predictability adds to that stress and leads to things like apathy, depression, and self-defeat. Occasionally, interventions such as drug addictions may help us to overcome life debilitating situations, but as we all know, these interventions become a crutch and the whole body begins to rely on it. Even the dark triad behaviors (narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy) may arise as a defense mechanism, which get rewarded in our current defunct system. To begin working on these behaviors and addictions, they must be acknowledged as no longer serving you or truly helping you to deal with that trauma. Sometimes thanking that coping strategy and yourself for getting through that terrible situation is helpful for resolving it. 

Questions to ask to build a greater understanding of self

  • What is the feeling?
  • Why is it there?
  • Can it be resolved?
  • What is your automatic craving or response when that feeling arises?
  • Does it still serve you?
  • Accept responsibility for change
  • Don’t blame others
  • Reconnect with you community and contribute to it (don’t use them as a coping mechanism or to achieve desired attention and acceptance)
  • Share love and leave no room for hate

Once the emotion and cause of distress is identified and understood, autonomy can be achieved by creating effectual change. The person need not dwell. Spotting signs of trauma arising can be met with greater confidence and new habits to alleviate fear and dependence. The contribution to others may also help the person to take themselves outside of their own mind and to remember they are a small part of something greater. Creating a new layer of development. 

Fear to empathy process

  • Fight or flight
  • Self-preservation
  • Empathy with another
  • Empathy with a group
  • Self-preservation of the group at the expense of others (often neighboring groups that are “competing” for resources)
  • Empathy for multiple groups that are relatable
  • Empathy for the species
  • Self-preservation of the species
  • Empathy for life
  • Sustainable coexistence

We have the ability to progress, more-or-less, in that order. If we skip a level, we may harbor fear and uncertainty around previously unestablished and unresolved connections. For example, those who try to share love for the destitute or animals before learning to love and accept their own family and friends. Resentment occurs as a result of trying to take the moral high-road. That high-road tends to be built upon ignorance and misplaced motivations usually anyway. Each stage requires acknowledging the problem, healing the trauma, building it stronger, preparing for potential healthy confrontations so that you don’t need to rely on willpower to get you through, growth/play/discovery, consolidation, teaching, then moving to the next step. 

Gratitude can help us to transition through the different stages of growth. Once we acknowledge what we have, whether that be health and wellbeing or social support, we can appreciate it for what it is, without placing labels on it. If something or someone helped you to overcome something there is no need for “buts.” Accepting and feeling gratitude will help us to better identify positive opportunities, build better relationships, learn quicker, and let go of things without resentment. 

Personal Scientific Research Pathway

Human energetics -> Mitochondria -> Sensation and transduction -> Electrolytes and nutrition -> Electromagnetism and thermodynamics -> Cell origin and fear response -> Polarity, chaos, and entropy -> LTP and LTD limitations -> Cell energetic limitations and cancer -> Autoimmunity

Hunter Gatherer Notes

Elders and Senescence

Brain and mind are not synonyms—the mind is a product of the brain. Brain is hardware; mind is software. A perfectly functional piece of hardware is of little value if the software and the files are seriously corrupted. If we fixed the brain without somehow retooling the mind—even if every physical pathology of the brain could be banished—most of the centuries of extra life would be wasted in a nightmare scenario of senile minds hobbling youthful bodies.

We spend decades acquiring skills and knowledge about how to function effectively in the world, but this hard-won programming is trapped within bodies that soon succumb to the hostile forces of nature. Were we neurologically hardwired by our genomes, we would be born knowing how to be adults, and we could get there directly. Even among organisms that do have parental care, there is often considerable preprogramming.

Elders pass on the durable knowledge and wisdom by this second mode of inheritance—culture. Because this second mode is cognitive rather than genetic, and culture changes faster than genes, the niches we exploit can change at a staggering rate. This plasticity allows bands of humans to function as coherent bodies, with tasks divided as if into separate organs.

In central Portugal, menopause, which is nearly unique to humans, is not the end of vitality for women. It is the end of direct reproduction, but the ability to provide wisdom and care to the young—to children and to grandchildren—after the risk of continuing to produce new babies is past, can be considered a great gift.

The wisdom of elders is ancient and necessary in human history, and there is deep value in being skeptical of the wisdom of elders, when that wisdom is out of place, or of the wrong time. Parents have an overriding interest in their offspring being highly effective in whatever environment they will inhabit. If the mind’s software needs updating and the young are in a position to accomplish it, it is in everybody’s interest that the antiquated paradigm be replaced. This explains why, for healthy parents, seeing oneself in one’s children is some mixture of rewarding and jarring, but seeing them thrive is a thrill and a relief.

Many believe that as individuals we are entitled to more, that we personally must be preserved, but this desire is in error. Such preservation would interrupt the primary mechanism by which humans innovate and keep pace with change.

21 Lessons Notes


Terrorists are masters of mind control. They kill very few people but they cause a large disturbance amongst the American government and European union. They need to use fear as a weapon as they are generally weak groups that want to create widespread change in their favor. The fear is often disproportional to the actual damage caused or potential power. By attacking the enemy while they are enraged or confused it will cause them to attack back with far more military power than is necessary and they will cause more damage than the terrorist group ever could themselves. This may lead to instability within the country of origin and their people (leading to a power struggle that the enemy can take advantage of) and distrust and anger within the powerful country. A country run on fear and anger makes stupid mistakes and directs who should be leading to an aggressive person. They are the fly in a China shop, buzzing in the bull’s ear causing it to destroy everything in sight. Terrorism is an act of desperation rather than war. War takes the enemy’s retaliation into account and only attacks when they can reduce the effectiveness of the enemy and their arsenal (like Pearl Harbor). It is judged by its emotional impact rather than its material impact. Nobody talks about the pentagon attack, only the twin towers with civilian casualties.

The small organization themselves know they will be crushed but they are weak and have very few options. So, the large powers will attack them to assure their people that they are strong and the civilians are safe, even though they are putting them in more danger than they would’ve been if they hadn’t of retaliated. States will react violently to terrorism but not heart disease or something else more of a danger because it poses a threat to their power. Heart disease isn’t their problem, so the real issue here is not the safety of the people. The less political violence in a system the greater an act of terrorism appears. A few people killed in Belgium makes more noise than a thousand in Nigeria. A small amount of violence messes with the public’s mindset and they believe a state of anarchy is arriving. Also, the media will always choose to publicize it because it is more interesting than diabetes. Fear draws attention.


In 1914, all major powers owed their success to war. Currently, there are still world dictators that flourish in war but major leaders may have forgotten since power was acquired through trade in the late 1900s. Some are still fighting but those that do gain little. Most larger powers understand this and don’t see themselves benefitting economically. It is not worth the distrust from the invaded and other countries witnessing the bloodshed.

When major powers use to fight, they would be able to sell slaves and steal the resources of the losing country. Nowadays these conquests are barely worth the invasion as they are small compared to annual GDP. Cyber and nuclear warfare make starting a war quite challenging. If the US were to attack another country with a decent cyber background they could hack into their country’s arsenal and set off their nuclear bombs or shut down their whole economy. The world is far more complicated than a chess game and the human rational mind is not up to the task of operating it. We can’t underestimate the stupidity of humanity.


Most places claim to believe they are the center of the world and that history favors their origin. Most cultures have reason to believe that they were responsible for all the positive things and progress the world has made. This demonstrates a willful ignorance of history and a hint of racism.

Christianity (2.3 billion), Islam (1.8 billion), Judaism (15 million) are considered the 3 great religions by Israelis. Somehow Hinduism (1 billion), Buddhism (500 million), Shinto (50 million), and Sikh (25 million) don’t make the cut. A lot of religions believed that morals didn’t exist until after the creation of their story. Completely ignoring all the traditions and accomplishments mankind made beforehand. In reality, ethical codes predate humanity. You see plenty of other animals that have adapted moral codes in order to cooperate.

Monotheism made people far more intolerant leading to holy wars and religious persecutions. Polytheists already thought it was fine to worship other gods. Monotheists believe in universal obedience and will kill in order to gain it.


Our sense of justice might be out of date. Not much has changed about us biologically speaking since we were hunter gatherers, but back then we only had to deal with a few dozen people. Now our scale has increased to billions of people across continents in a short period of time. Every single small decision we make has a cause-and-effect relationship on people we will never know. Things have become so complex that we struggle to make the most basic of decisions without feeling guilty in some form and the groups we claim to be a part of will make decisions on your behalf that you’ll also get the blame for. The clothing we wear supports child labor, the cars we drive contribute to climate change, and the food we eat supports global factory farming. The greatest crimes in history resulted not just from hate and greed but also ignorance and indifference.

Whether you are a disadvantaged minority or not you will never know the exact experience of growing up as another person in a different group so there is no comparison. The difficulties of growing up one way are relative to your experience rather than as a default comparison that everybody knows to be the human experience. So, it is impossible for any given person to understand all viewpoints without having lived them.

Conflict between millions of people is also too difficult to understand. Instead of thousands or millions of people’s individual lives and problems we resort to thinking about the conflict as being between two people or as a story that represents it e.g. China vs America. Charities understand this well… Even the economy is too difficult for the so-called elites to control. It is just more comfortable accepting the dogma that there is either an element of control from somebody higher up or the lack of responsibility on your end.


Some people believe that when there is a greater purpose at hand (such as the success of a nation) that lying and causing harm to others may be justified. An example of this was the Crimean invasion by Russia, who claimed that the people fighting were “self-defense groups”. For Russians they believe that countries like Ukraine are “fake nations” that are part of Russia. Misinformation has been around a long time. China denies Tibet’s independence, Japan staged fake attacks on itself to wage war on China and even created a fake country, the British invaded Australia on the grounds of it being nobody’s land, etc.

Homo sapiens exist in the land of post truth. Our power as a species stems from our ability to create and believe in fictions. We are the only species that can cooperate with complete strangers to serve a collective fiction. As long as we believe in the same laws and stories we can cooperate together in harmony.

When a thousand people believe some made-up story for a month – that’s fake news. When a billion people believe it for a thousand years – that’s a religion, and we are admonished not to call it fake news in order not to hurt the feelings of the faithful.

Not that religion hasn’t been useful to unite large groups of people for a common goal but it doesn’t mean it is true or good all the time. People have been murdering each other for years in the name of their story and it is hard to profess that your story wins over others when there are so many other books and cultures of people who have claimed the exact same thing with more or less the same evidence.           

Each nation has its own mythology.

Hitler says in Mein Kampf: The most brilliant propaganda technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.

Commercial companies are also perpetrators of propaganda. Coca cola displays an image of healthy, athletic, and happy people drinking their products rather than the truth of fat, sick, and dying people.

Truth has never been that high of a priority for Homo Sapiens.

Generating a fiction for a group to believe in ensures their commitment to the cause. If a large group all believe the same tale without fact checking they will be more likely to hang off your every word and defend you and your idea mercilessly.

In a more modern sense, money and the corporations bind people together more than any holy book. I believe that other people believe in the dollar so I shall commit to it and its value. If everybody sits down and discusses money and corporations, they’ll all agree that it is a human construction and yet we still treat them as if they are real entities. It is like thinking about a sport like football too much. The act of making a bunch of people chase a ball around is ridiculous but to suspend disbelief allows the audience and the players a simulation of a fictional world. The issue with sports, money, corporations, and nations being obviously fictional but accepted is that we don’t have any energy to remember that fact all the time, so we make decisions based on believing in them. This leads to us acting as if they are important. If you question them in the heat of the moment you will anger other people who are not acknowledging its fiction, who have also committed a great deal of energy to it and incorporating it into their identity. If they join you in your disbelief there will be a destabilization of the group and distrust arises between those who subscribe and those who don’t (warring tribes). Should people serve power or truth? Should we unite under fiction or individually seek truth and hold each other accountable? Unity over truth will always win due to the path of least resistance.

If you get your news for free you may be the product.

If an issue is extremely important to you, make the effort to read the scientific literature (peer reviewed articles, books by well-known publishers, and professors form reputable institutions).

Science has its limitations and has made many mistakes in the past but it is the most reliable source of information.

Scientists may need to start writing science fiction to install positive ideas of reality and change in the public instead of dangerous fiction that fuels power in those with selfish/nefarious plots.

Science Fiction

Humans have taken over the world because of their cooperation due to their belief in fiction. People go to war because of belief in a god that they read poems about, read stories about, saw plays about, saw pictures of, etc. The same with capitalism and the images of Hollywood and the pop industry. We believe buying stuff will make us happy and that those who we worship and story-time heroes also prescribe to this idea. Science fiction tv is extremely powerful and popular so they need to be more careful how they depict the messages they portray. The public may start to focus on the wrong sort of problems when their attention is directed at something counterintuitive. As an example, science fiction confuses consciousness with intelligence and are always showing the potential war between humans and AI.

In The Matrix and The Truman Show, both characters escaped a world constructed to keep them enslaved in an alternate reality. Eventually they both escape to the so-called true reality which in the grand scheme of things is no different to the world they just left (other than the belief of control).

Pain, fear, and love are all the same whether you feel them in the matrix or “reality”. The mind is never free from manipulation. There is no authentic self-waiting to be liberated. Everything we do is based on manipulations from others who display power/control, your personal heuristics, and the group beliefs that you prescribe to (created from history and biology). All life and experience within each individual are a fiction and we express that fiction to others and develop a group fiction. The great homogenization story.

Escaping the narrow definition of self might well become a necessary survival skill of the twenty-first century.

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