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For this blog, we’re going to delve deeper in the idea of what base conscience is. We’ll call on some symbols of the fraternity of Freemasons for this purpose.
First off, as we’ve seen with conscience, the human brain is composed of three major parts. The first part is the reptilian complex. This part is associated with our capacity to do physical things in our lives. The second part is the mammalian brain. This part rules emotion and intuition. The last and biggest part is the neo-cortex. This is our center of logic and reasoning.
As we see with these pictures, the larger brain is mounted on the other two parts. The bigger neo-cortex brain can only function if it lives in equilibrium with the other two parts of the brain. Our behavior determines whether we’re over-using a part of the brain or the other.
If you choose your own survival over conscience, you risk left-brain, or reptilian brain imbalance. If you’re too soft and allow too many things to happen to your life without trying to act on your own behalf, you risk right-brain, or mammalian brain imbalance. These types of mental dysfunctions lead to inevitable suffering and unhappiness in our lives. We’ll develop further the influence of these effects on our personalities.
A person on “master-think” lives for material interests only. This is what we mean by base conscience. The first picture here describes someone uninterested in empathy and helping others. Base conscience thus simply means to ensure one’s survival and enjoy the most base pleasures (eating food, having sex) that there are at our disposal. It’s also dangerous, however, to completely forget base and to live for emotions only. Our capacity to act becomes greatly hindered. Emotions are very important, but we must grasp them with cold logic to get the full picture of a situation. We should also note that suppressing our left-brains quiets down our survival instincts, which are very important for mental balance.
If a human being succeeds in bringing these two parts together, the higher-brain emerges.
This is when intelligence is born. We can dissect the word intelligence in two parts to understand its meaning: first “intel” and then “gence”. “Intel” refers to intellect or the left-brain. It’s our ability to methodically assess the requirements and needs for a practical, often mathematical problem. The “gence” part refers to our capacity to generate. This function comes from the right-brain. It’s our want to care for something. It’s our want to bring something in the world or build something beyond us. Thus intelligence is born when we care for something and when we want to put that thing on ground.
Examples of applied intelligence are everywhere around us. Take a stadium. The architects, the engineers and all other specialists had a care to build a giant sports center. They wanted to build something huge and awesome, and they wanted to give it to their country or to their people. To so, they had to solve math problems, use charts, calculate how much space the stadium would take, the funds required, and so on. The left side and right side of the brain come together here and the neo-cortex can act to sprout something marvelous.
This masonic symbol demonstrates how our psyche is developed.
The square below is base consciousness. It can be seen as the reptile brain. The G refers our generative capacities, or our care in the world. The compass refers to our ability to make decisions based on conscience. This is our definition of right and wrong.
That’s it for now. We’ll discuss the characteristics of brain imbalance in the next post.