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Consciousness establishes the blueprint for human conduct. People’s behavior has a definite pattern. Here’s how it functions
When God breathed neshama, the breath of life, into the first human, He conferred on them certain features or abilities. In the last chapter, we saw the ability to create a purpose for one’s life. Now we’ll see human conduct, in other words, the basic or inherent features, characteristics, or qualities of a human being
(Mind-Body Problem Solved, Chapter 16 – Table of Contents)
Have you ever asked yourself why humans, the planet over, function the same way?
We all operate similarly because God made males and females in His image by infusing the neshama, the capability to accomplish certain functions God planned for humans. Remember, God is a Family and we can become His sons and daughters here on Earth now, preparing ourselves for an eternal future as full members of His Family. That functioning mechanism characterizes each person on Earth. God is preparing humans now for their future with Him.
We are discussing WHAT consciousness is. We will discuss WHY we are imbued with it later. Consciousness is the model by which humans can live harmoniously with ourselves and with our neighbors. It is the way to proper relationships with other humans, near and far. It is the inherent God-endowed features that identify humankind.
Human conduct Is the second feature of consciousness and like the five features of a car, the body, motor, brakes, steering, and wheels, each has many components. Likewise with human conduct; it’s a 7 steps method that I elaborated on, at length in Section 2 of Audit of Humankind and I ask you to refer to that book for details.
In this summary, each characteristic defines an aspect of human conduct and how they all work together harmoniously, like the parts of a car’s braking system, to accomplish its specialized task. Humans possess the seven traits of human conduct because we have neshama, consciousness.
1. Two-faced Humanity—Depraved Priests and Kind Criminals
Two-faced is not limited to a Batman movie. There exist good and bad individuals and those that exhibit both grace and malice. The propensity to be virtuous and evil sets humankind apart from all other forms of life on Earth. We reach out to fellow humans and the planet, with proper or improper motives; this singularity has wonderful or disastrous consequences.
2. Free Will—We all Possess it But We Can’t Always Utilize it
Free will is the second characteristic possessed by human beings that affects the way humankind functions. The ability to choose and freely make decisions endows each human being. We all possess this trait, but because of our circumstances, we cannot always exercise our free will.
Each person can take an infinite number of directions, including venturing into good and bad and everywhere in between. Some go one way, others the other way—we are all subject to decisions and course changes in our education, encounters, travel, profession, leisure, reading, and mates.
3. Human Behavior is the Expression of Dual Nature and Free Will
Human Behavior—the way humankind conducts itself—is the result of a combination of the first two pieces of how humanity functions. Human behavior = dual nature + free will. Human behavior is the cake each human being bakes when they mix all of their particular dual nature with their portion of free will.
The term human behavior is neither negative nor positive. It is totally neutral. Each person who walks the face of the earth has their specific and particular behavior depending on dozens of factors—including heredity, environment, culture, education—as well as decisions made in the mind of the individual.
4. Ethics are the Blueprint for Behavior—How Humanity Should Function
Ethics carries many other names: morals, values, rules, and virtues. They are the basis of the way each of us lives our life. Ethics are present whether you’re playing sport, driving, on a website, or washing dishes.
Ask yourself the question: What do referees in sports, stop lights in traffic, and terms and conditions on a website have in common? They all define the dos and don’ts of behavior. No society or organization, whether it be one person or billions, can run smoothly—with peace and prosperity—without rules and regulations.
5. Justice Goes Hand-in-Hand with Ethics to Obtain Peace
Justice is the application of conformity to ethics. Since we need guidelines, a code of rules to regulate our behavior, we also need a way to adhere to that code. That adhesion is justice. In very general terms, this is equitable respect for people in their adherence to the accepted moral code. Justice comes with a system of rewards and penalties to encourage right and dissuade wrong behavior.
6. Self-Reproach, the Essential Beginning Step toward Real Peace
Self-reproach is a positive step to personal and collective peace. It’s the realization that for the ball to start rolling, it’s up to me to take an honest look at my human conduct and my choices. It is the first element needing introspection. Your mind takes a deep look into your inner workings and discovers what your real human conduct is accomplishing, both positive and negative, including mental decisions to follow your life warpath or peace path.
Humans take risks and challenges. Everyone makes mistakes, I need to recognize my misbehavior. The reason we teach and why we need rehabilitation including sanctions is to reach our goal: change.
This awareness and change of heart MUST start with self.
7. Forgiveness, the Healing Bond for Humans to Function Peacefully
You’re walking around right now carrying a huge burden of guilt. If you have the least amount of sensitivity toward those in your entourage, your family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. You know you’ve done them wrong to one extent or another. That’s when guilt hits. You’re sorry for your wrong-doing and depending on the extent of damage you’ve caused that guilt can be overwhelming.
That’s where forgiveness of oneself starts. Change and forgiveness go hand-in-hand. It takes concerted personal awakening, inner fortitude, and outward effort to exercise self-reproach and forgiveness. The two ultimate steps of how humans function are a personal about-face decision of the first two steps.
Forgiveness caps off the entire process because it alone can begin to overcome and wipe away all the tears and hurt each one of us has been subjected to during our entire lives. This can take time, much time, but forgiveness alone permits a reduction and eventual eradication of negative thoughts in your mind.
The final chapter of How humans function in Audit of Humankind is Love is the Most Distorted English Word. Here’s Why. All the above seven characteristics together are the definition of love. The ability to love is inherent to our consciousness.
This is the most important chapter of the book. Why? Because it reveals not only how consciousness defines what a human being is but how the innermost aspect of our human conduct works.
It shows the autonomous nature of each individual, and the ability to make life-changing decisions at any point in their life journey. This is equivalent to plasticity which is the other side of rehabilitation, the former opens the door for the latter. God has built this ability to change direction into what a human being is.
Psychology and human conduct
Human conduct goes hand in hand with the purpose of life. Psychology’s role is to help people align their purpose and their nature. When these two work in tandem a person begins to see positive results in their life. Imagine transforming from a twisted personal and/or professional life (purpose), and a conflictual mode with outside people and inner self-doubt (human conduct). Putting your personal conflicts and professional misgivings in order is a pathway to reduced anxiety and depression.
When psychologists have to intervene, we’re dealing with rehabilitation. Prevention is a much better solution, and that comes firstly from parenting and secondly from schooling. It’s up to parents to help their children understand their dual nature (1st step in how they function), make wise choices (2), and behave decently (3). As overseers, parents set rules (4) and apply rewards and discipline (justice 5). There’s always room for change (6) and without fail forgiveness (7). The entire 7-step procedure is called love.
The rules and behavior for how human life functions are found in the book of Proverbs. This is a father-to-son fireside chat containing the most elementary ethics for a fruitful and happy life. There’s not one single injunction that is not valid in the 21st century. The primary responsibility for instilling these values, how human life functions, in a child, is with its parents. Today, we’ve abdicated parenthood and teaching values. Our society is a reflection of the opposite of how human life functions.
Spiritual human conduct
This 7-step blueprint characterizing each human being worldwide is not a wild guess. The Bible outlines this pathway immediately upon the Creation of Adam and Eve. Christ taught all these steps and the Christian life is based on them. These same criteria are used by God to judge His people. Here’s a brief summary.
- Human conduct: Adam and Eve had a purpose for their lives and dual nature to act like human beings and execute , or not, everything God revealed to them.
- Free will: The two Trees in the Garden of Eden are the evidence. Both were there, God counseled on which one to choose, but He left the decision up to them. Today, we can accept or refuse God’s calling.
- Behavior: The New Testament is replete with good and bad examples of Christian behavior. Acts of kindness and unfortunately, discord, are marks of God’s Church. Do a study on this matter.
- Ethics: There are spiritual rules for Christians the most vital being the Two Great Commandments. There are practical dos and don’ts (read Rev. 22:14-15 at UnlockBibleMeaning.com), and the spiritual attitudes of the Beatitudes (Matt. 5) to develop.
- Justice: God rewards and punishes before and after Christ’s Coming. Luke 3:17 says “Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.” Within God’s Church, there’s proper justice (1 Cor. 5).
- Self-reproach: In the Christian era, we call this repentance. Acts 17:30-31, “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all men every where to repent: Because he has appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man (Jesus) whom he has ordained.” All humans are endowed with this trait of repentance as part of their consciousness. All humans will have the choice (2nd step) in God’s time.
- Forgiveness: It’s part of the Lord’s prayer, “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” God’s purpose revolves around the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ Who opened the way to forgiveness for all of humankind. Romans 5:8 sums up God’s love for each human being who has walked the face of Earth, “God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Consciousness is the sole reason humans have all the above attributes of human conduct. It is God’s own neshama, with the seven God-given characteristics, that He breathed into humankind that allows us to have contact with our Creator.
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