One day an eagle laid an egg in a chicken coop. The egg hatched and the newborn eagle learned from his peers how to live like a chicken. Life seemed great. However, there was a yearning in him that made him seek. But none of what he found truly satisfied this yearning.
Would it help if someone told him that he is not a chicken, but an eagle? No, this would not help. The eagle has learned to “be” a chicken; he carries a “chicken program” that tells him how to behave under which circumstances. He feels safe and comfortable “being” a chicken – except for the unsatisfied yearning.
Would it help if the eagle attended an eagle seminar in order to learn to be an eagle? No, this would not help either. Learning to be an eagle would install an eagle program that would overlay the chicken program. Then he would be an eagle who believes he is a chicken who has learned some eagle behavior, which would be even more confusing than continuing to live as a chicken.
The only way for the eagle to be what he truly is, is to free himself from the chicken program.
Why did the eagle’s mother lay her egg in a chicken coop in the first place? Because she also lives in the chicken coop and believes that she is a chicken. In fact, all birds in the chicken coop are eagles who believe that they are chickens. And this has been so for 200 thousand years.
This story describes the essence of my findings after living for 3.5 years with no social interaction and no print and electronic media in order to fully focus on exploring consciousness and human behavior.
Humans carry a human chicken program, which I call the human program for short. This program developed from 200 thousand years of mental evolution. I described the underlying mechanisms in the book “Consciousness.”
More than 99% of the global human behavior is a result of the human program. If we consider the troubles humankind is in, it seems as if something has gone wrong. But nothing has gone wrong, for evolution has no goal. Today’s human program just developed in uncountably many small steps during uncountably many human lives.
But that does not mean that the resulting behavior is „natural.” It is only the result of conditionings, some of which are as old as humankind. Therefore, this behavior can be transcended. In other words, things don’t have to remain as they are.