Hunter-Gathering Self-Actualization

Aligning with your values starts with acknowledging the gap between where you are and where you want to be.

As former hunter-gatherers, humans instinctively want more. We are hard-wired to focus on the negative, potential threats to our survival. Evolutionarily, our default was scarcity—always accumulate and hoard resources.

Modern society has become simpler in some ways (grocery stores, knowledge at our fingertips) and more complicated in others (social media, materialist culture, bureaucratic institutions, and economy). Myths of scarcity are marketed to us at every turn—ads make us aware of our own flaws so we buy cosmetics and clothes, news pushes fear-based agendas so we can feel helpless and perpetuate the status quo, technology is designed to be addictive. The only difference is now we are absorbed with accumulating wealth, power, success, and happiness.

The pressures of conformity, rejection, and approval can feel like life or death to the ego. This desire to avoid internal conflicts, this resistance to one's true nature, can influence major life decisions about career, finances, family, health, and social life. A dysfunctional society is alleviated by individuals asking, "why?" and taking a stand for their true desired values instead of compromising their identities for material gain and perpetually turning the cogwheels of a deeply flawed system.

  1. Experiences have more value than things, unless the thing provides great utility potential (save time, energy, etc.)

  2. Even things that provide great utility can be misused. Instagram is a curated highlight reel of photographed memories, but living on social media becomes draining, unenjoyable, and isolating.

  3. Comparing: The grass is always greener on the other side. 

Why do I do what I do?

Who I am played a large role in what I like. Diving beneath the surface to reflect, I uncover why I started a blog.

  1. Align with my values and practice my writing skills, focus on my vision, and build my brand

  2. I enjoy writing and like the idea of being able to design, create, edit, and improve it on an ongoing basis

  3. An online community is a great place to learn more about myself, meet people with similar interests, explore new ideas and perspectives, and expand my mind

I am drawn to neuroscience for the prospect of simultaneously improving lives and learning about how the mind works. It’s concrete and practical yet at times intuitive and intangible. It is deeply empirical and evidence-based, yet there is so much we don't know about consciousness, leaving room for wonder and mystery.

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