Everything in me wanted to know the answer to this question. Therefore, I gathered all my courage and made the most radical clean break I could possibly make. I closed my business, gave away all of my belongings, sold my apartment, said goodbye to family and friends, and moved to a place that I used to visit whenever I needed a break: the Almtal in Upper Austria. I refrained from social contacts and all print and electronic media. I focused exclusively on exploring myself and my behavior.
During this exploration I came to understand why I behave the way I behave. I found that my behavior comes from what I call the human program. And I saw that all humans have such a program. I realized that as a baby I was 100 % authentic. At the age of twenty, I had already learned numerous rules of how to behave within the social groups that I belonged to. And I had learned to want to belong to certain social groups as well as to have to belong to others.
Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains. (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)
I saw that the human program is much larger than anything we usually consider educational patterns and belief systems. Its roots reach back as far as the emergence of humans some 100 to 300 thousand years ago, with these oldest roots bringing forth behavior that today is considered “normal”, hence it is never scrutinized. I scrutinized it.
(c) Bernhard Kutzler 2016-2019