Roger Gilbertson has been there, done that. Since 1955 he has been auditioning and experimenting with specialties. Aiming at becoming a generalist in our complex culture. He describes why his background suits him for speculations on human history. Then he compares Primalization with Civilization. There are many differences. Our genes want to take us in one direction. Our personal micro-culture wants to direct us along a path of its own. We are all stressed. Nature and nurture are interlocked, negotiating and compromising within us for decisions and outcomes across a lifetime.
Randall Garrett was a popular 20th century science fiction and fantasy writer whose works continue to be widely read today. This is one of his most famous works.
Often we can feel trapped in thoughts, trapped in identity, trapped in conditioning. It can seem as if we are trapped in the cage of our own minds. This book points you out of this, to show you that both the cage and the person who feels trapped in it, are not real. This book also looks at some of the insane ways we have been taught to approach life and to function in the world, and how to be free of these conditioned behaviours. The content within each chapter is split into passages, each passage being a pointer in itself. You may feel inclined to only read a single passage, and pause to allow time for the words to sink in before moving on. This book is very useful for contemplative or meditative reading. Once you understand what is meant by the cage (simply the conditioned, personal mind that creates suffering) - this book becomes a helpful guide in that as well as being able to read it conventionally from cover to cover - you can pick it up and read any passage at random. Rather than being a book that teaches you anything to remember, it is a tool to point you back towards who you really are before conditioning took over. May this book help you realise your inherent freedom, and allow you to function sanely, effectively and happily in the world.