A fellow Blogger was addressing the issue of anger and people losing their cool. It was pointed out how that kind of behavior lacked maturity or insight at the very least, and could very well be an indication of much deeper dysfunctional behavior in a person’s psyche. I began to comment and recall from my own studies and life experience observations over many years to see something that could be a root cause for these over the top reactionary almost inhuman and thoroughly unintelligent responses in highly emotionally charged situations where the stakes are enormous; in primarily the quest for power and control. What follows are some of my specific thoughts about this societal dilemma we’re all facing on a global scale whether we want to admit it or not!
Perhaps there are too many individuals who by their own volition or just the inability to adjust to an ever-increasing volatile world with so much information and stress being heaped upon the public consciousness by Mass Media or Cyber Space, these people just won’t grow up and mature or get over it; always wanting it their way or the highway; which may very well be a byproduct of the enabling and out of control PC mind-set being employed from toddler age on through adolescence. Of course we have gratuitous violence depicted in movies or cyber space interactive computer-generated games like “Grand Theft Auto” and the latest madness “Fortnite” which has desensitized individuals to the point that they lack empathic response in actual real everyday life! Also, the fact that the “nuclear family” concept is now in a shambles where everyone is doing their own thing being quite disconnected from one another which is in stark contrast to past generations when daily interaction such as the entire family sitting down to have a family dinner was standard fare, and communication between all members with genuine love was a given. Today its more about keep them occupied and in their own little world, while in the process far too many kids today are also being disconnected from genuine family values or interactions, while instead they’re immersed in fake artificial intelligence worlds or social media as a mainstay of their preoccupation.
I did hear the term “Reptilian Impulse” used in reference to angry, hostile individuals, which makes lots of sense to me. This Reptilian Impulse may not be the exact or sort of idea I’m remembering reading about years ago, but that along with watching many neuroscience educational programs that covered this general idea of how the cerebral cortex or brain stem function, is in some way similar to basic reptilian response to stimuli, basic nerve reflex. As I recall, it was more a pseudo-science expression with some people I knew many years ago in college at the time being bandied about in reference to how some men were showing violent, blatant, unthinking rage in certain circumstances, so it was more of a basic brain stem cue or response in those cases, and though it’s been many years since, I have to admit it may have something to do with autonomic bodily function or basic nerve impulses, such as breathing, how extreme anger or hostility could be attributed to this nerve impulse factor, malfunctioning or short circuiting in some individuals. I thought about this back then as a more zombie behavior or science fiction type monster, a “Frankenstein” if you will behavior.
Fascinating stuff for sure and I know there are definite impulsive cues or responses built in to our DNA if you will, correlating with the Reptilian Impulse Complex, “reptilian complex, also known as the R-complex or reptilian brain.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triune_brain, a similarity along the lines of “fight or flight” response by all complex living organisms that have sophisticated enough nervous systems. https://exploringyourmind.com/triune-brain-three-brains-one-person/ Some people speak about this in terms of environmental conditioning which includes a wide range of developmental behaviors infused into as I see it now our DNA or life bodily function forces at work within us that are primal, and have much to do with survival or protecting oneself from a hostile environment overall! We also see by example many times a person who grows up in a very violent always on edge environmental condition, as say on the mean streets with gang-banger’s; that often times these individuals will react to most confrontational situations with over-the-top violent behavior or overly aggressive attitudes to just about anyone that gets in their way, or face as they say! These modern day behaviors are conditioned and could be potentially suppressed with therapies and biofeedback but in trying to understand the increase in societal violence whether physical or psychological I tend to target those very ancient primitive forces that are embedded deep in the psyche and nerve impulse layers of the brain stem/nervous system. Like when someone sneaks up from behind and says BOO, we always jump or flinch, and even the fear of being alone in the dark which happens to all of us growing up thinking we see a monster in the closet at night or that a shadow is something more than that! These innate subliminal fears are on a very basic level of “stimuli response” , maybe more like those studies done by Pavlov with dogs!
This brings me to a general perception of so much hostility in our world today even in politics. That blogger I mentioned earlier triggered some serious thought on this matter so much in fact that I had to say, “now you hit on a “Nerve,” mentioning the “partisan” politics and actually to me the tribal political “arena” these days which is a prime example of what I’m driving at here! Actually I admit I too had a sort of Reptilian Response to the very thought of the convoluted and wicked dynamics of the idea of modern current politics, by just hearing the word Partisan! We can see plainly the actually madcap and emotionally fueled behavior in how these candidates respond to each other and the citizens in some of the debating or rallies as well as how those camps of supporters carry on, with sometimes accompanying protestors! To me it’s all about winning of course, but more about the “spoils of war” here, and as we know from any of our history studies “to the victor goes the spoils,” which is what winning at all costs looks like today politically speaking, in that they lust for power and more control either for themselves or at least their party (like gangs) not actually caring one bit about the constituency; as these patterns have been established for some time now especially by the “Dems” and their radial agenda or worse splinter groups within their own party just pushing the underlying agenda to win, and then after elections they stay right in the same groove of doing basically nothing of any great redeeming or substantive value for those they are supposed to represent or the good of the Nation as a whole, but instead seek out those spoils I speak of. Biden is the epitome of a crooked, crony, lying, career politician that’s been lying for so long he can’t recall what truth is anymore, besides which he is mentally unstable! This is a devious twisted devil that claims to be a Catholic but has no problem with full term abortions and as he stated during Obozo’s campaign that he has no problem with same sex marriage; all of which is a huge problem if you claim to be a Catholic or any true Christian believer! My point is he uses anything even God, to promote himself or the agenda of the Dems. If that isn’t a devil then this world is an illusion!
Look at this photo of him screaming at people with his mouth wide open and veins popping out on his temples and neck in a complete out of control RAGE! That is diabolical!. The man is evil and a raving lunatic only interested in one thing, holding on to absolute power to absolutely corrupt as a minion of Satan himself! This creep has lived high on the hog off the backs of American Taxpayers his whole adult life and is nothing more than a human parasite that hasn’t accomplished a damn thing for the American People! He should be in prison!
It is in a sense a sham or con game and some of these career politicians are extreme con artists pulling the same wool over the eyes of the public as best they can each election cycle to perpetuate their own crooked existence! To me it’s all sunken to the miserable level of just being “Political Warfare” or what’s typically referred to as political mudslinging! Very bad sign of the times and to me a very ugly thing to be stuck witnessing time and again; especially by the same two-faced crony self-worshiping bigots! Or in essence this is what I said earlier about a reptilian behavior in plain sight, albeit a psychological violence over a physical one, nonetheless doing actual damage to the society and process that is much worse than if it were actually physical violence with someone getting more lumps than the other guy like ancient tribal peoples did to one another when duking it out! What we have here in the USA now is enormous power grabs and untold material wealth to be had which is a giant temptation; that I’m sure the evil one is working within because of the global effects and consequences of keeping one particular agenda going full steam ahead over another, namely the destruction of the human race! As Christians we are charged with the responsibility to discern and as I observe I interpret as much as I can what the underlying facts or motivations are at least so I’m aware and as best informed as I can be; but getting involved is a total waste of time and I found that out the hard way when I put my neck out in a highly corrupted Blue Crony Dem State to attempt in speaking out for harm being done to my community and absolutely got myself targeted for an adjustment by those in power. They came after me and we all know now how adept the Dems are at constructing weaponized accusations to destroy or at least derail the best of them. What I speak to here is the very dark underbelly of nefarious operatives within these political power grids not unlike in more ways than one what the old Mafia was like before government intervention broke it down from its hay days, only to be replaced by government political thugs and cronyism on steroids, sub groups of individuals within that new form of deep corruption to rule with impunity.
This all reminds me of more ancient times when monarchs where those that had all the power and the masses who had zilch, and that to try and resist meant certain death; case in point “Brave Heart” the film that did a good job of depicting what some of the harsh realities of living in those times was actual like for the common man, in that case how William Wallace the Scotsman paid the ultimate price for his rebellion. In contrast after WWII the age of affluence and opportunity did bring about mostly wonderful change in modem times that seemed like it would just go on being better and better, but as we now know the curve has been a down trend ever since bringing us to this extremely volatile political climate we see all around the world. Not a healthy thing to have with so much risk and potential harm sitting in the balance and as I said before to me this is a form of that Reptilian Factor at times taking the lead unfortunately. I have observed that most people in my community don’t touch any of this trouble as they either don’t have time or they are put off by knowing how much these factions have in the way of power already and figure it won’t do any good at all, and so they fear those in power! It really is a matter of “letting the chips fall where they may” for most people, and then there are those that cozy up for favor and “go along to get along” becoming one of them! The old adage of “if you can’t beat em join em!” This guy will never join any of that and they know that about me for sure already, so that is why I’m an outcast and someone they despise! I’d prefer to be that and a “Brave Heart” than a joke or a little rat that crawled into its little hole when they snapped their fingers or Yelled at me, which they did in a variety of ways all not comfortable or pretty, using their corrupt power to cause pain and suffering!
As another current case in point of this political corruption I can say how Bernie who never worked an honest day in his life and after his marriage went to Moscow for his honeymoon has spoken to and promoted Marxist Socialistic values and agendas incessantly since his college days, and how those that have so much earned wealth should be giving up much of their own to the masses; while he has gone on to become a millionaire off the backs of the same taxpayers he is preaching to! And, how in 2018 Bernie earned 1Mil and gave away to the needy 10K. If that isn’t a two-faced bigot phony I don’t know what is! Like I say this hood never worked for a living but instead has fed off the public like a parasite; he doesn’t know what real work is and is oozing and seething with sin! Then consider the hundreds of millions and even billions that are being spent to make it happen for one’s own self or camp, tribe; that by its self should speak volumes to how wicked and sinful the whole charade has become, and I might add; in my mind’s eye very “Reptilian!” This is all one very sick society and the wickedness is seething out of this madcap political arena like there’s no tomorrow!
God must be very displeased with such bigotry and worship of self or earthy power by such corrupted, sinful humans. I see it as too bad that so much was allowed to go haywire for so long while many of the most sinister among us sunk in their roots and fangs, gaining too strong a foothold; and so another adage applies now, in that whatever anyone would think of doing to counter this force, “it would be too little too late.” So we have, “a world going to hell in a hand basket” unless of course God Himself decides to step in before it gets that far! Perhaps this is exactly the way His plan is meant to unfold, after all He knows everything! Up to the Man upstairs now!
Supplemental info: Speaking about humans displaying reptilian behavior and Sci-Fi, there was an episode of Star Trek that to me was a fantasy based on this concept of we humans having some reptilian tendencies of aggression only it wasn’t a human battling his own inner demon or alter-ego but here in this case Capt. Kirk was dueling in a fight to the death with an extraterrestrial reptilian creature named Gorn; which I include for your pleasure and perhaps to stimulate your own imagination in this realm of human behavior!
“Arena” is the eighteenth episode of the first season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek. Written by Gene L. Coon and directed by Joseph Pevney, the episode was first broadcast on January 19, 1967” Wikipedia