Chapter Fifteen


last updated 1.10.22

One might think that there is only one world which consists of all the nations and natural landscapes of our planet and if you lived on another planet and were viewing Earth in its entirety, this might be true. However if you live on this planet, you probably differentiate the reality embodying the outside world and the world within your mind. It would be hard to remove yourself from you inner reality and just see the outside world objectively as just one world. Consequently, this would make two worlds, but there are actually three. The first being the one inside our heads, but the second is found within the group of people comprising our immediate family and close friends and the last is made up by the rest of the world. Each world has an important function. Because so much emphasis is placed on individuality and personal achievement, especially in the United States, many people overlook the significance of this second intermediate world consisting of the people closest to us so much so that many people disregard its need entirely. However, without it, we have no buffer between us and the world at large which is crucial for protecting us from being overwhelmed with too much information, avoiding risks as we navigate through life and simply feeling safe. The expression "It takes a village" is based on the vitalness of this intermediate world. Birds have flocks, wolves have packs, fish have schools, etc., but people often don't have a village. It is often up to one's family to supply all that is necessary from our intermediate world.

An orphan is the extremest example of someone who grows up with no middle world. They are born and immediately feel completely alone on the earth. They must rely solely on their inner world to persevere, but a person does not have to be born an orphan to feel alone. Without a village, anyone can. Some even choose to live without an intermediate world, or family. With ambitious goals of making a lot of money in the greater world or to escape an unhealthy environment, they leave the people closest to them. The invention of money assures a person that they will never need anyone as long as they have a lot of it. The construct of money has been instrumental in dividing us as a people. Without an actual tribe, village, family or support system, a person's view on life can become very distorted and they will develop ways of coping with the overwhelming reality that the rest of the world confronts them with everyday. They may retreat from the greater world in a variety of different ways such as an over-dependence on drugs and alcohol or escaping through technology such as social media which at first glance gives one the impression they are accessing the greater world, but, in fact, it is yet another artificial invention created to keep up a person in their head and out of the real world. The most common escape of all is over-consumption. Strengthening one's belief and dependence on the artificial invention of money, this unhealthy behavior takes on many forms. The world will never tell a person that this behavior is not good for them. In fact, their success in the world may tell them just the opposite. Unfortunately, the greater world does not care if we are happy or healthy. It cannot. It is a product of our collective behavior, not a manager of it. It is too big. The job of shaping who we are is that of our intermediate world, if we have one. Its purpose is to make us feel safe, physically, mentally and emotionally, while preparing us to function in the greater world. Without one, we must rely solely on our inner worlds and whatever else we can find to help us cope with life or we will, in fact, become products of the greater world which has no concern for us whatsoever thus creating a people who have no concern for one another.