However, as a means to this sovereign independence and responsibility, we are characteristically directed only toward the surface definition and systemics of the material and conventional life offered in America.
Yes, our involuntary attachment to an unrealistic and misunderstood socially acquired ego-function shifts the vantage point available to other primates. Still, as we well know, an untutored ego-function reflexively protects the instincts of an animal bred to the jungle instead of motivating us to think about the cognitive, communicative and performative behavioral skills we need in this complex modern world.
In fact, our natural and socially conditioned determinism provides us with little incentive to examine and struggle with the emancipatory mechanism of our sovereign point of view. Moreover, not only do we have little incentive, most of us have not even a faint idea that there is possibility—enlightenment—outside this short-sighted box of consciousness and opportunity.
I described the reasons for this “inside the box” situation in my 04.28.14 post, Plato at the Googleplex. We are led to believe that a meaningful life has been taken care of by the Scoreboard. If we arrange our lives by conforming to its dictates, we are sure in our misconstrued ego-function that we will experience a life worth living. We assume (without thinking about it) that to be exceptional by Scoreboard’s in-bred, close-minded, self-affirming standards, and thus admired or celebrated, is notionally the pinnacle of life.