(A Doggy Dog World)
Bentley: Leo, I was at the dog park the other day with one of my good buddies and I was so surprised to see how he and I responded so differently when presented with the same situation. I walked away thinking to myself, if we are both dogs, why do we experience or react so differently to events? Have you noticed this same thing with your bird buddies?
Leo: Matter of fact, I have, Bentley. What a great observation! Even within the same species, like dog or bird, our interpretation of our world, and then our response or reaction to situations, comes out of our history. By that I mean: what we’ve been taught, what we see others do that we then model or believe to be true, and of course, our environment. Species tend to split into groups and then choose a couple of acceptable agreed-upon responses that are generalized to that group. So, even in a group, one might only be able to choose from 4 or 5 interpretations and responses.
Bentley: Wow, I’m beginning to understand how interpretation comes out of experiences and it can be conscious or unconscious. Our behavior can come from a place within ourselves we are not even consciously aware of. And I guess that for species or groups to get along or survive, they must have certain agreed-upon responses.
Leo: Correct. And then, species-specific and group agreements (acceptable behavior) can change based on the need for short-tern adaptation as well as long-term mutation. Not to mention instincts and interaction between species, like yours and mine. I’m a bird and you’re a dog and how do we interpret each other’s behavior and respond to each other? I think that there’s gotta be another communication structure better than this interpretation process we just talked about!
Bentley: Well, I was just reading about something called Information, an ability to communicate within and among all living things in a collaborative way, rather than this inefficient interpretation process. While reading “Better and Beyond: Enlightenment and Evolution,” I learned that individual and collective agreements have been used to help us survive or to prevent chaos in groups, but that they limit us. Yet if we seek Information, which is un-programmed and doesn’t follow the established interpretation or agreements, life tends to be different. That we get to experience the free flow of life intelligence rather than what is only considered acceptable to others. And we get to have our own experience of life rather than what our agreements tell us we should experience.
Leo: What a profound comment! I’d love to learn more about Information without agreements. That could open us up to greater potential and possibility than ever before.