When intelligent people seemed mystified at some aspect of human behavior it tells us that they are functioning in the old paradigm. P-A provides a context in which we can understand the nature of reality in a more profound way and we are more likely to be able to explain why things are the way they are, including human behavior. The psychological model along with other components of the levels of consciousness such as the shadow and the collective unconscious not only enable us to understand why we behave the way we do but how to mitigate or eliminate self-destructive behavior.
Former Wal-Mart executive, Don Soderquist was non-plussed about the behavior of fellow corporate executives who were indicted by grand juries in 2005. “All of them were millionaires…. What is the deal? … It boggles the mind…. It just defies imagination. It doesn’t add up.” Of course, in the context of a model that takes a more sophisticated look at human identity it all adds up very easily. The energy centers of the false self whether they are striving for security, power or sensation can never get enough to be satisfied.
The behaviors surrounding these basic drives look very much like addiction because the ego must always extend the boundaries of its domain with constant craving—always having, doing and knowing more, more, more. No amount of wealth, fame, power, or substance and process addiction activities will ever satisfy its endless appetite. So when Don Soderquist says: “It doesn’t add up” we can only say: “You are using the “old math” in the “old story” to try to understand why they did it. We know why!
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For a much more in-depth discussion on Simple Reality, read Simple Reality: The
Key to Serenity and Survival, by Roy Charles Henry, published in 2011.