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          We are a work-in-progress.  We start life as helpless, dependent crybabies, and we have a mission to make ourselves powerful creators who wisely rule ourselves.  The source of our progress, our freedom organ, does not reach full physical maturity until about the age of 18; most individuals are not sufficiently mentally and emotionally mature to direct their life’s experience until their late 20’s or early 30’s.  We are prone to remain stuck, servant to the hardwired demands of our endogenous and exogenous masters who make us what we are.    

          Our language lacks a symbol complimentary to endogenous and exogenous that clearly identifies the mission of our mature freedom organ to assume personal responsibility for our destiny.  We obtain powerful benefits by introducing the word-switchmentogenous” and assigning it a specific meaning pathway.  Our most important work-in-progress is to elevate ourselves to the level of civilization where diverse groups collaborate to advance the well-being of the global community.  Our loved ones depend on us to survive and thrive in this new era where multiple tribes will soon be capable of ultimate destructive power.  Instinct and tradition restrict our way of thinking to the two-category either/or action pathways that bias our thinking to harmful confrontations.    

          You likely have heard the question, “Which is more important, nature or nurture?”  It’s unlikely you have heard, “Which is more important; nature or nurture or personal responsibility?”  “Mentogenous” adds a third category of action pathways that direct our thinking to a higher level of data processing that we call self-masteryMentogenous “on the fly” original action pathways are the means by which we apply common sense to solve the contemporary problems created by new knowledge.  Instinct and tradition’s action pathways are hard-wired to solve yesterdays problems based on yesterdays knowledge.  We require the new word-switchmentogenous,” through its assigned meaning, to turn on our creative problem-solving ability using universal common sense wisdom.  We must address new life-threatening challenges as we make ourselves ever more powerful through new knowledge. 

          Have you got it?  Do you understand our need for newer ways of thinking?  Can you recognize the need for newer word-switches that turn on new “out of the box” problem-solving and switch off the older established ways we process information?  You will dramatically elevate your thinking when you distinguish those trigger words that favor instinct and tradition from those that substitute today’s common sense wisdom to address today’s new knowledge.  As you strengthen your “mentogenous” self-programming “muscle” with new word-switches created using common sense, you will free your will power from instinct, tradition, and the human dictators who would have you blindly do their bidding.  More important, you will consistently direct your power to assume personal responsibility for your life’s experience.  Let’s become our own person and assume our responsibility to create a joyous, meaningful life for our self, our loved ones, and all of humanity!