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The conceptual foundation and framework of understanding that are guiding and directing the work of the Institute are provided by a long-term research and study; about how as a species we got to where we find ourselves today; how today we understand and manage human existence and development, and the human, social and environmental problems, difficulties and crises we face and we create around the world today. Research and study of how through the ages human beings made sense of their experience of the conditions of their existence and the world around them, and how to deal with them. The knowledge, the understanding, the mental powers and abilities, mental skills and practices on which they relied, how they developed and used them.

The study looked at how today we understand and manage existence and development, demands and challenges, problems and difficulties, the understanding, mental powers and abilities, mental skills and practices we develop, on which we rely, how we develop and use them. Limits, shortcomings and contradictions, where, how and why they contradict, conflict with or fall short of the natural conditions, demands and challenges of existence, an the problematic results and consequences for the individual, society, the human species, nature and the natural environment. The direction of the answers and solutions, the direction we need to take to understand and manage human existence and development, existing in and as part of a constantly changing and transforming natural world, in an environmentally sustainable, socially equitable and individually secure and peaceful way, within the natural parameters, the boundaries and limits of human existence and development and our role and responsibility in them define by nature

The work included research and study of the natural conditions of human existence and development that in the first instance define and govern human existence and development, which lie beyond our control, but which we must deal with and accommodate, to which we must respond and adjust. Differentiating clearly between the natural conditions and human-created socio-cultural, political, economic-financial and scientific and technological conditions, competing and conflicting beliefs, views, values, conventions and practices. The natural conditions of existence that are common to all human beings, which lie behind and which are reflected in human experience, the experience of every individual human being. Including the role and responsibility in our existence and development that by nature are individually ours to understand and manage.

In addition, the work included research and study of the mind, the inner mental life and the mental self. Understanding the mind as the place where we consciously exist and act, where the inner mental life takes place and where the mental self is active. Differentiating clearly between the mind and the brain. The brain is the physical-material, neurological and biochemical foundation of the mind, the inner mental life and the mental self. The mind in contrast is where we consciously exist and act. Understanding the mind as the place where by nature we are individually in charge and in control, where we must actively be engaged, and where we must take responsibility for everything we do and we engage in. The place where we experience, become aware and must consider the conditions, demands and challenges of existence, our own mental and physical existence and development and the world around us, and how to deal with them. Understanding the mind as the place where problems and difficulties, failures, errors and mistakes in what we do and we engage in have their roots and beginnings, and where the answers and solutions must start.

Considering and understanding the nature, elements and processes, the conditions, needs, demands and challenges of the mind, the inner mental life and the mental self, and the role and responsibility in them that by nature are individually ours to understand and manage. Understanding what takes place, what enters and what we do, more importantly what we need to do, what individually we must establish and maintain in the mind and inner mental life. Establishing and maintaining the necessary internal mental conditions – a sense of the human self, the mental and physical self, mental order and stability, clarity of mind and understanding, a sense of certainty, security and confidence – in everything we do and we engage in. Dealing in the mind with conditions, demands and challenges, problems and difficulties, change and changing conditions when only a minimum in mental work, effort and adjustment are required, and before they develop into larger mental problems, difficulties and crises we are no longer able to deal with alone. Understanding our non-material mental needs and how to meet them, in non-material ways, in the mind, through individual mental work and effort. Understanding our mental faculties, how to develop and use them. Developing our natural mental powers and abilities, translating them into the necessary mental skills and practices, and engage in the required mental work and effort.

The study included considering the direction of the answers and solutions, the direction we need to take in conceptual and mental development and growth, individually, as society and as a species. What, where, how and in what direction we need to change, correct and improve how traditionally and today we understand and manage human existence and development to understand and manage them in environmentally sustainable, socially equitable and individually secure and peaceful ways, existing in and as part of a constantly changing and transforming natural world, within the natural parameters. It involved considering the knowledge, the understanding and the mental faculties we need to develop, how to develop and use them to deal with the conditions, demands and challenges, problems and difficulties, change and changing conditions we face today. The knowledge, the understanding and the mental powers and abilities, mental skills and practices, mental work and effort that are required to sustain an expanding global human population in equitable ways on the limited and finite natural material resources base of the Earth, without contributing further to the premature demise in the long term of the human species at its own hands.

 


 

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