Face Masks as Act of Altruism


The conditioned mind does not like any deviations from the programmed "normal", which is why when people get exposed to long-term restrictions, they feel a strong urge to return to the status they are familiar with.

In a stressful situation, people accumulate a huge amount of emotional energy that creates internal pressure and activates the mechanism responsible for opening various "valves" through which excess energy can be released. Which "valves" will open depends on personal conditioning that works on the principle of "whip and sugar". Thus, for example, intensive socialisation or excessive consumption of tangible (shopping) and intangible goods (sex, information) are just some of the strategies ("valves" ) that lead to the relaxation of internal pressure. Whenever excess energy is released, or when people return to a state that the mind views as "normal and good," a sense of satisfaction emerges. It is therefore not surprising that the recent easing of “the lockdown” has created euphoric feelings that have overshadowed the real situation, thus giving a false sense of security.

Roughly speaking, every relationship, from personal, professional and political, represents a meeting of conditioned strategies that must be harmonised in order to achieve functional unity.

Although the list of conditioned strategies is diverse and long, some of them are highly valued and cultivated in modern society because they are seen as instruments of success. In contrary, some other strategies are characterised as impulsive and uncontrolled behaviour that inevitably leads to failure. However, the classification of "successful vs. unsuccessful" strategies depends primarily on culture, historical period, and personal or collective karma, which speaks to the subjectivity of their assessment. Regardless, when two different strategies collide, this often leads to an explosive reaction. With 7.8 billion people in the world, different strategies are in constant conflict, why is not surprising that the world is full of disagreements, irritations and struggles. Roughly speaking, every relationship, from personal, professional and political, represents a meeting of conditioned strategies that must be harmonised in order to achieve functional unity.

The reason why people can live in this world despite numerous conflicts, lies in the fact that they have learned to control their impulses in many different ways. However, in stressful situations, including the current pandemic, control over the conditioned mind is either weakened or lost, allowing for the full manifestation of conditioning. This is also the reason why social conflicts are particularly pronounced during crises and why, during that time, intensification of strategy coordination is necessary. In this regard, the more unconscious the members of society are, the more pronounced their conditioning, the more explosive interpersonal conflicts and the more intense the need for coordination. During the current pandemic, this coordination is carried out through measures aimed at suppressing the most intensely manifested conditioning.

The stronger the ego, the more people feel offended and patronised, convinced in their ability to correctly assess the situation and respond appropriately.

With the loosening or interruption of pandemic measures, however, the externally induced coordination also largely disappears, which is why people are suddenly exposed to self-regulation. Unfortunately, we are currently witnessing that in most countries this self-regulation does not work to the extent necessary to improve the situation. People indulge in the urges of their own ego, which manifests itself through uncontrolled gatherings or visits to destinations that are still under the burden of a pandemic. Such behaviour causes more intense spread of the virus, leading to a further intensification of pandemic measures, which the ego welcomes with dissatisfaction and resistance. The stronger the ego, the more people feel offended and patronised, convinced in their ability to correctly assess the situation and respond appropriately. Nevertheless, human behaviour shows the opposite tendency, with most people only acting cautiously if they are subject to prohibitions that are associated with punishment.

Yet, restrictions only work as long as there is the fear of physical consequences. Due to conditioning, this fear is quickly replaced by the fear of the ego’s collapse, which interferes with the proper functioning of the innate mechanisms responsible for maintaining the body or the species. As a result, the satisfaction of ego’s needs is prioritized, which is often directed against one's own well-being or the well-being of others.

For this reason, people who are under the control of their own conditioning are often better protected by imposed rules than by their own actions. However, since the ego does not tolerate any restrictions, also these rules that aim to protect wellbeing of people are rejected. Such conflict can only be overcome if people recognise their own conditioning or at least the extent of the consequences of their own actions.

Since the virus is transmitted even before the symptoms of the disease are expressed, the consequences of unconscious behaviour are even intensified.

Yet, since the conditioned mind is always blurred, it is impossible to clearly see the consequences, which is particularly evident during the crisis. Therefore, also during current pandemic, a larger number of people indulge in impulsive and unconscious behaviour. Since the virus is transmitted even before the symptoms of the disease are expressed, the consequences of unconscious behaviour are even intensified. As a result, unconscious people become perfect carriers of the virus without recognising their own responsibility for the further spread of the infection or even the death of other people. The scope of infection is even more pronounced if such conditioned carriers join large groups (parties, concerts, demonstrations or sports, cultural and religious events). The anonymity that arises in such situations prevents the activation of the natural mechanism that regulates the protection of the collective.

natural laws do not stop working regardless of whether people are aware of it or not.

Nevertheless, although strong conditioning disrupts the functioning of innate mechanisms, natural laws do not stop working regardless of whether people are aware of it or not. Even more, some of these laws become highly visible during the crisis, thus offering the opportunity to reprogram personal conditioning. In particular, the insight into the outcome of natural selection and altruism, which are currently determining the direction of the pandemic, is of great importance for raising personal and collective awareness, which in turn reduces conditioning.

Since SARS Cov2 is one of the pathogens against which there is still no cure and no natural or induced immunity, the path to natural selection opens automatically.

Namely, natural selection is one of the most important mechanisms that regulates physical existence. And although people have found ways to curb its effect, when they are exposed to an unknown pathogen, natural selection always takes its toll. Since SARS Cov2 is one of the pathogens against which there is still no cure and no natural or induced immunity, the path to natural selection opens automatically. The only thing that is currently preventing its full power is the ability of humans to treat symptoms or take measures that suppress the spread of the virus within communities.

However, for them to work, preventive measures must simultaneously reflect the local dynamics of each country and the global dynamics of the world. Yet, the current situation in the world shows the extent to which the ego can influence the misjudgment and incorrect application of measures. In fact, the human ego has grown so much in strength and complexity, that it increasingly separates people from their original nature, which inevitably creates difficulties in clearly recognising threats and responding to them effectively. This also weakens the manifestation of altruistic behaviour, which otherwise contributes to the maintenance of the collective. As a result, the threat is observed only from the ego perspective, while the importance of the well-being of the collective and the whole is lost.

people show unwillingness to accept temporary discomfort, although such behaviour can prolong the crisis.

This is currently being expressed through resistance to preventive measures, and through endless discussions about face masks. Unaccustomed to using masks, people show unwillingness to accept temporary discomfort, although such behaviour can prolong the crisis. In addition, they fail to understand that wearing masks, in this situation, is actually an act of altruism, which needs to be nurtured especially within the most active and mobile part of the population. Namely, unconscious carriers of the SARS Cov2 most often belong exactly to this part of the collective, and thus represent a direct or indirect risk for all people with fragile health.

Pandemic measures, aimed at protecting high-risk groups from risk-takers, are therefore only a substitute for altruistic behaviour.

Although altruism, which contributes to the well-being of the species, is part of the original human nature, it is waning in today's ego-dominated society. Instead, the protection of the collective is achieved through intellectual constructions such as codes of conduct, laws and rules that try to mimic natural altruism. Pandemic measures, aimed at protecting high-risk groups from risk-takers, are therefore only a substitute for altruistic behaviour. Artificially imposed altruism, however, provokes the ego's reaction, which finds a multitude of justifications for rejecting everything that stands in its way. As a result, blinded by the conditioned mind, people have difficulty distinguishing which needs are dictated by their ego and which arise from their essential nature.

current pandemic is not only a test for individual conditioning or the government’s ability to manage a crisis, but it is also a litmus test that shows the current level of human consciousness in a particular society or around the world.

Thus, current pandemic is not only a test for individual conditioning or the government’s ability to manage a crisis, but it is also a litmus test that shows the current level of human consciousness in a particular society or around the world. Further, the uncontrolled development of the pandemic, the blaming of others, denial of one's own responsibility, or social struggles are in fact, signs of the lack of consciousness of the people who constitute one society. This means that the only way out of a crisis is to weaken the ego, remove the veil created by conditioning and to sharpen individual and collective consciousness. Namely, with this, the mind returns to its natural state, why the right responses can appear effortlessly and without causing any further suffering.

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