Wednesday, December 31, 2014. Another calendar year is ending. I find myself yet again immersed in an online research loop that is taking me around and around through advancements in neurobiological science that are ever more clearly elucidating more and more specific information about how our “attachment” circuitry and processes — which determine the development of our nervous system, brain and body’s reactions to self, others and all life around us from the beginning of our life at conception to our death — takes place through interactional processes designed to make sure we are “built” to adapt to the conditions of the “world” we are born into .
There are no shortcuts. What HAPPENS is interpreted by our body in every way as THE TRUTH. The body cannot be fooled. There is no fooling the systems that combine their efforts to make sure we have the best chance possible to survive to a child-bearing age.
When “push comes to shove” the biology of life does not care one HOOT about the quality of a person’s life. Not really.
It wasn’t that long ago that the scientific community held its baited breath awaiting the decoding of the human genome which was completed in 2003.
The Human Genome Project (HGP) was one of the great feats of exploration in history – an inward voyage of discovery rather than an outward exploration of the planet or the cosmos; an international research effort to sequence and map all of the genes – together known as the genome – of members of our species, Homo sapiens. Completed in April 2003, the HGP gave us the ability, for the first time, to read nature’s complete genetic blueprint for building a human being.
In this section, you will find access to a wealth of information on the history of the HGP, its progress, cast of characters and future.
If you do an online search for these terms — human genome project epigenetics — you will see that within the mystery of the genome there exists an entirely new set of critically important processes that influence what happens to us in ways that could not be foreseen even a decade ago.
What this means to me is that we are virtually SITTING DUCKS for suffering when conditions within our environment are less than optimal. We WILL and DO pay a very high price for having the ability to adapt to conditions that are less than we need to have the best quality of life possible.
Not only that, but epigenetic factors and forces that are brought into play to keep ONE person alive are very likely to be directly passed down to offspring — easily so for generations yet to come — even when the same levels of trauma DO NOT exist in the environment of descendants.
We need to pay attention. We need to overcome our ignorance by becoming informed. We need to CARE. We need to notice the truth of what is going on around and within us. We need to REACT appropriately by using all of the truthful facts to our personal AND collective advantage. We need to apply remedies and solutions — sooner rather than later!
But, in seemingly typical human ways we seem perfectly content to let our proverbial house fall apart and collapse over our heads as it crashes through the basement on a downward spiral that will take us — pretty literally — straight to hell if we don’t wake up, PAY ATTENTION and apply not only solutions from the past as they exist (for a little more time?) in instinct, folk wisdom and common sense AND as they exist in the plethora of individually distinct but not yet collectively accumulated knowledge from science.
Humans? We are best designed to become safely, securely, happily and healthily attached to others of our species. We are, however, also designed to compete for resources if we choose not to cooperate in their just and wise use.
Very simply put, all of our personal biology is designed to assess conditions of the world we are born into and then to look around in our “genetic interactional toolbox” to find whatever it is we need to survive in that world so that we can put it all to good use. Good in this context can mean “have a really good cooperative life” versus “have a life designed to compete in every possible way for survival,” or “have a life of suffering for a very short or long time and then move on to the next one.”
Every single one of these options HAS to involve epigenetic processes because that is what life on this plane is about: Adapt or die ASAP.
I am speaking in generalities right now because I am not giving myself permission to speak of the specific details related to my current research study which at present remains personal. Right now “the story” about what I am working on behind the scenes over here is too big, too complicated, too close, too sad and not well enough understood to speak about clearly or objectively at this time. This story does not belong to me. It does belong to someone I love very, very much who I am trying to help move forward through life in the best way possible — given certain difficulties that I can’t help but see as being ones that could very possibly have been avoided — IF!
What is needed is up-to-date factual scientific information that I can backup with specific research studies that “prove” my points. I need to create not only a “report” related to “this story” but also corresponding “talking points” that can be used to convince “professionals” of truth they don’t know but are not going to WANT to know they don’t know.
I am working to target as exactly as possible what problems (many perhaps preventable way back when) exist in this situation, how they (probably) came into being, what their source REALLY is, and what can be done to alleviate suffering and if possible HEAL what amounts to injuries that are currently hidden except for expression through difficult behaviors.
In other words, I am fighting on the side of LIFE! I am fighting on the side of QUALITY OF LIFE.
I really do feel I am working at least a century ahead of the curve. That would be IF society and civilization were to move forward in anything like a relatively sane way. Humans are capable of unimaginable advancement and goodness! We just have a ways to go yet to get closer to who we really are as a species.
There will be a time in the future when EVERY person matters equally, when quality of life for all is ensured in every possible way from the beginning to the end of life on this planet (this “first life”). The right information, that is THE TRUTH, will be collectively put together so ALL pieces fit into the picture of the whole regarding every concern so that solutions can be applied that WORK while prevention of all possible problems is a top priority.
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