Today’s wisdom introduces a new word-switch, mentogenous, to improve our understanding of the most important power that controls our destiny, self-mastery. We have the word endogenous that identifies the source of the biological and instinctive action pathways created by nature. We have the word exogenous that identifies the thinking pathways external sources make of us, primarily our nurturers. Endogenous means developed from within. Exogenous means developed from an external force. Our language lacks a complimentary trigger word that switches on our attention to the third powerful controller of our life’s experience, personal responsibility. Mentogenous is hereby assigned the meaning “originating from a mature mind that is educated in common sense, out of the box thinking.” We, individually, and humankind collectively, have a mission to become the wise and powerful ruler of all around us and the director of our own destiny. We do so through the newer common sense thinking pathways we ourselves mentally initiate to free our will power from the authority of dictators.
• Endogenous action pathways are designed by nature to faithfully express its predetermined biological and instinctive behaviors. Our genes were designed and refined through trial-and-error adaptations over billions of years to equip us for survival from birth. We each begin life with the automatic, mindless survival of the fittest and fight or flight behaviors that sustained our chain of ancestors through savage times.
• Exogenous action pathways are the source of a second set of hard-wired prescriptions established by external forces to faithfully express their perspective. We identify these external forces by such labels as nurturers, tradition, culture, fate, and circumstance. Our nurturers hard-wire our thinking to make us loyal to the traditions of their tribe. We are prescribed with their native language, and which family, religion, flag, and other groups we are to owe our allegiance. Our assumptions, beliefs, and interpretations of the world initially mimic their present state of knowledge.
Endogenous and exogenous forces, notably instinct and tradition, determine who we are through our early years. Instinct and tradition are dictators! Dictators characteristically divide the world into the right way as prescribed by the dictator, and the wrong way. Alternative ways must automatically be characterized as wrong, evil, unacceptable, and therefore subject to punishment for non-compliance. Nature and our nurturers initially make us what we are. We require many years before we reach the stage of maturity where we can assume responsibility to wisely direct our own destiny. Freeing our thinking from dictators deserves our special attention. Let’s now invent the word-switch mentogenous to recognize the creative force that we ourselves must initiate to free us from domination by instinct and tradition.
• Mentogenous action pathways are those we our self design and implement as our cerebral cortex, what is better labeled our freedom organ, becomes mature. Mentogenous action pathways are original “out of the box” strategies to manage the power of knowledge through common sense wisdom. The trigger word “mentogenous” will hereafter designate the source of the newer action pathways our freedom organ originates as it attains physical maturity and common sense wisdom. We assume responsibility for who we are, what we will become, and the fate of all about us through the mentogenous common sense action pathways we initiate. As we increasingly make ourselves the powerful rulers of earth through knowledge, we can no longer allow ourselves to uncritically accept the hard-wired action pathways of instinct and tradition. Mentogenous action pathways are our means to consistently direct our creative power to constructive outcomes.
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