The potential of a life form is defined by its behavioral tools. The potential of a bird is to fly. The potential of a fish is to swim. The potential of a cheetah is to run. The full potential of a life form is the full spectrum of the behavior that is possible with its tools. For example, the full potential of a cheetah is to run up to 75 mph.
In nature, all life forms live their full potential. All adult cheetahs can run 68-75 mph. There is no adult cheetah that can only run, say, 25 mph. If there were one, he would quickly die for he would not be able to catch his prey.
Likewise, the potential of a human is defined by a human’s tools. The specifically human tool is the mind. In the book “Consciousness: Its Nature, Purpose, and How to Use It” I explain why the mind is what distinguishes humans from all other life forms on this planet and I explain the mind’s purpose.
Biologically we are apes. The mind enables us to behave different than an ape. Therefore, the human potential is simply to behave different than an ape.
Obviously we humans do this, for we don’t live in the woods anymore as all the other apes do. We also learned to use fire as a tool, which no other life form can do. And we created all the tools that are unique for humankind.
What is the full potential of a human? What is the full spectrum of behavior that is possible with our mind?
As I argue in detail in the book “Consciousness”, there are no limits to the behavior we can perform, not even what we consider the laws of physics. Therefore, the full potential of a human is to have not limits – limitlessness.
If a cheetah had a mind, and would thus be limitless, he would not be content with being able to run 75 mph. He would try to find ways to run faster, either through training or by creating tools. If one day he would reach a limit that he cannot transcend, such as a (bio)physical limit, he would try to go beyond other personal limits, such as learning to swim faster, trying to fly, etc. But a cheetah has no mind and thus he is content with life simply by living his full potential as a cheetah.
The full potential of a human is limitlessness. To live limitlessness means to permanently transcend what we regard or experience as limits.
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