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•    Our thoughts, thinking and will power are first servant to instinct; then our nurturers add the traditions they demand.  With education in the use of symbols and skill in reflective thinking we may become our own person and assume responsibility for our own destiny. 
•    The simpler means of education and problem-solving gradually proceeds to more sophisticated means of education: 
Hard-wired problem-solving skills ⇨ trial-and-error ⇨ mimicking ⇨ no-trial learning by cognitive rehearsal ⇨ adding common sense knowledge to no-trial learning to create more accurate assumptions and shared universal values ⇨ a newer way of “reflective” thinking to assume self-mastery
•    The assumptions we assign to data are based on great leaps of faith until we increase our knowledge of the universal laws of cause-and-effect.  Common sense is the application of knowledge of nature’s universal rules of cause-and-effect. 
•    Even as we acquire knowledge to make more accurate, less wild, leaps of faith, we are reluctant to abandon established faith-based assumptions.  Our animal brain perspectives persist even as our “newer” cerebral cortex progresses to maturity and super-maturity.
•    Applying common sense to the universal rules of cause-and-effect enlightens us to universal wisdoms:  “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  “Treat others as you would have others treat you.”   Our animal brain advocates self-serving values. 
•    Common sense is an elective skill; most individuals, in varying degree, passively accept the rules of what our early and current authorities dictate.
•    The power of knowledge that makes us godlike creators and destroyers grows before we attain the common sense wisdom to consistently constructively apply it.
•    The prejudged assumptive worldviews of instinct and tradition (fate & circumstance, nature & nurture) that determine who we are and what we value precedes our ability to create a contemporary worldview supported by current knowledge.
•    Dependence on authority precedes common sense problem-solving and self-mastery.
•    As our animal brain acquires the ability to create action using symbols, the first and most predicted primitive expressions of our instinctive physical fight, self-preservation instinct will be blaming.  Blaming to punish others and to punish our self (guilt) is a more efficient safer way to control behavior than physical confrontation.
•     Blaming when we experience frustration for what we lack precedes the development of an attitude of gratitude for what we have.
•    Worry precedes the development of optimism; it has greater survival value in a savage environment.
•    Humor and laughter increase with civilization, as we lessen the need to preoccupy ourselves with red alert life threatening emergencies.  They serve to dissipate chronic stress.
•    Greed and speed are emphasized before wise creeds and good deeds.
•    Physical muscles precede the development of mental wisdom.
•    The desire to receive precedes the satisfaction of giving. 
•    The primary physical signaling system to produce action consisting of chemicals and nerves precedes our secondary signaling system consisting of mental and spiritual values.
•    The assumptive views that lead to action are first based on great leaps of faith until we acquire the knowledge of cause-and-effect that gradually lessens the size of the leap.