Con­di­tion­ing and Cul­ture

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Is con­di­tion­ing cen­turies of tra­di­tion that has been handed down from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion, and is it the whole back­ground of civil­i­sa­tion, cul­ture, the so­cial im­pacts and the many ex­pe­ri­ences that one has? Does all this con­trib­ute to the con­di­tion­ing of the brain?

Not only all this but also the var­i­ous im­pres­sions, pro­pa­ganda, lit­er­a­ture, tele­vi­sion, all this seems to add to the back­ground, to the con­di­tion­ing of ev­ery hu­man be­ing, whether he is poor, un­e­d­u­cated, and to the most highly ed­u­cated, so­phis­ti­cated hu­man be­ings. This con­di­tion­ing has been a fac­tor that has en­dured prob­a­bly for a mil­lion years, or fifty thou­sand years.

So­ci­ety is what we have made of it, what each in­di­vid­ual through­out the mil­lion or fifty thou­sand years have ac­cord­ing to their de­sires, am­bi­tions, con­di­tion­ing to their per­sonal ten­den­cies, to their ag­gres­sion and so on, all this has ac­tu­ally con­trib­uted to the so­ci­ety in which we live. So, so­ci­ety is not dif­fer­ent from us.…

And it seems to us the con­di­tion­ing of the hu­man be­ing is to be ex­am­ined much more thor­oughly, gone into very, very deeply, and find out whether the hu­man con­di­tion can ever be rad­i­cally changed, and so the so­cial struc­ture that is born of hu­man con­di­tion­ing can also be changed.

So, whether we live in the most prim­i­tive, bru­tal state, or the high­est ed­u­cated, sci­en­tific com­mu­nity, we seem to ne­glect, or even for­get…whether that hu­man con­di­tion can ever be rad­i­cally changed.

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