Upon birth, nature’s endogenous design rules supreme; our action patterns are relatively pure. Nurturers begin their exogenous wiring after birth, until tradition gradually comes to dominate instinct (nature). As our cortex matures, it adds a third set of mentogenous action pathways, which originate from our intelligent cerebral cortex. Endogenous, exogenous, and mentogenous pathways, i.e. what we inherit, what others prescribe, and what we initiate, persist throughout our life. It is their nature to compete with one another for dominance, often leading to harmful consequences. Once mature, our intelligent cerebral cortex may persuade this Board of Directors to cooperate instead of compete. Collaboration is the source of our amazing accomplishments. Cooperation and collaboration is strengthened as we substitute both...and common sense management of knowledge for our early either/or two category way of thinking.
Educating ourselves to switch off our early either/or way of thinking and switch on mature both...and thinking is such a basic wisdom that I re-emphasize it in this stren. I urge you to review the need to upgrade dichotomous thinking with both...and thinking until you “get it.” Strengthening our both...and, common sense processing of information will make a huge step towards peace of mind and peace in the world.
A Bonus Summary of A Newer Way of Thinking
Let’s review the insights that make it easier to update our way of thinking for maturity and super-maturity:
In stren #3 we recognized that three masters design our life’s experience – nature, nurture, and self-mastery. Master Nature is represented by instinct. Master Nurture is indicated by tradition, the thinking pathways external sources wire into our brain after birth. Self-mastery is the process of becoming our own person by applying common sense wisdom to influence our own destiny.
I explained that we inherit the first master, the instinct that nature has preprogrammed into every newborn. For our first decades of life, we passively acquire the traditions determined by our nurturers. Traditions usually include our language; a set of local allegiances such as our immediate family, tribe, nationality, and religion; our sexual identify, customs, and even how we think. As the cerebral cortex matures, the last portion of our brain to do so, we may learn to engage in advanced thinking using sophisticated language. Common sense wisdom allows us to participate in designing our own destiny.