Friday, November 16, 2012

Laws of Human Behaviour

Madhyasth Darshan draws the attention to the observation, analysis and essence of human behaviour.  Human behaviour is explained here from the reference of a "normal" human being.  Awakening is "normal" for a human being, as with awakening a human being has definiteness in behaviour, which can be benchmark for observation and analysis of behaviour of all human beings.  This benchmark can also be seen in terms of laws of human behaviour.

The laws of human behaviour are at the level of thoughts (intellect), at the level of society (social laws), and at the level of nature (for utilizing natural resources).  These laws essentially describe the conduct of a "normal" human being at these levels of living.

The key aspect in understanding human behaviour is "relationship".  We humans are related because all of us have a common purpose.   This is at sharp variance from the prevalent view which believes all human beings, equipped with biological drives, enter into relations with other human beings for satisfying those drives treating others as "objects".   Madhyasth Darshan postulates that "common purpose" of all human beings is to lead a resolved (happy), prosperous (peaceful), fearless (contented), and coexisting (blissful) life.

It is clear that human beings today are not aligned with common purpose stated above.  Everywhere we see, there is struggle, war and competition.  Human beings are not behaving in a "normal" way, from the perspective of Madhyasth Darshan.  This "abnormal" human behaviour is the root cause of present human condition - when there is a question mark on humankind's survival.  We humans need to become "normal" in order to survive.  How to bring about a change in whole humankind towards "normalcy"?  Can this change come about by adopting new "habits" or conforming to certain ideal cultural pattern?  Can we force the laws of human behaviour recognized in Madhyasth Darshan through political will or military might?  We need to understand the human nature to bring about this desired change.

Human being is fundamentally different from animals.  Human being is unit of knowledge order.  A human being - every human being - has the need to know.  This need to know is there in every child, every adult, every elderly person.  Society and tradition are expected to fulfill this fundamental human need.  The present society and tradition are not capable of addressing this need, that is very clear.  Humankind as a whole is living in animal consciousness, despite their being fundamentally different from animals.  The "change" that we talked about in the last para is a psychological one.

Society and tradition are not something apart from human being.  Society and tradition mold an individual human being as much as an individual human being molds society and tradition.  After all it is the human being who is the bearer of tradition and society.  The beginning of "psychological change" has to be from individual and it has to get manifested in the form of society and tradition.  The continuity of this psychological change would get assured only when it gets established as a norm in society and tradition.

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