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Humans, in most cases, act exactly like the baboons Robert Sapolsky studied. Most people insist, some with the utmost stubbornness to change, on living a baboon-nature until they breathe their last. Not only does the baboon lifestyle shorten their own lives, but does so to others around them. It's an addiction that keeps society in a broken state.

More from Robert Sapolsky, including his credentials, can be found at the neuroanatomy overview. Being a humane human however, takes effort. It doesn't have to take a whole lot of death to transform our society. People can start understanding other people today. One might not have any emotional or social intelligence; he or she can still live a loving, cooperative, grateful & respectful life.

Study what it takes to keep breathing Meditate before you start your day, even if it's only for a minute. Being mindful isn't only thinking & seeing the world in different paradigms, but is also expansion of the self to live from the point of view of others. Being mindful involves meditating in every action. When this is possible in anything you have to do, all will be a pleasure.

Experience pseudo-blindness One hack to tell your cells you want them to start living from a new mindset is to first close your eyes. Try navigating your dwelling with your eyes closed. Keep your eyes closed for an hour or so as you take steps & feel your way through debris on the floor. Open a cabinet & feel each item to get a mental picture of where things are. Since you can open your eyes later on, it isn't at all like blindness, but it's the closest you can get to know what it's like to have one of your senses missing. It teaches your body to not take anything for granted.

Quietness Navigate your dwelling without making a sound. Open a cabinet door & close it without a sound. This takes proprioception beyond your own body, it takes a lot of prefrontal cortex processing. It takes planning in every move. "How can I do this in the quietest way possible? Remember to keep breathing through these gentle practices. Breathing isn't loud, but your brain will try to tell you it is. This is because so much concentration is going into remembering which floorboard to avoid, the precise time to ease a door-latch into place, proper ways to walk, etc. You'll realize that, not only is this behavior good for others around you, but it's also good for your posture & mindset.

Open & close a door properly Many people let doors slam behind them, & they know perfectly that other people are trying to sleep. In apartment buildings, in hotels & motels, in asylums, in jails, even private residences, some people might be trying to sleep. To open a door, turn the knob, open the door without ramming it into anything. When closing it, at first, place one hand on the door-frame as you close the door with the other gently. With your hand that's on the door-frame, you can ease the door into position with your fingers. Turning the knob eliminates the sound of the latch hitting the latch-holder in the frame. Once the door is shut & can't go any further, slowly release the knob. This sounds like a process right now, but with practice, you'll be able to single-handedly take care of the entire situation in as little time as other people take to let a door slam.

Then there are other tricks such as becoming ambidexterous. You're teaching your brain to use both hemispheres for a task by doing this. You could try brushing your teeth with your other hand. You can try hiking while having your dominant eye covered with an eye-patch.

List Pros & Cons List good things in one list, then bad things in a list next to the first one. Try to line up the words in the pros list with the down-side words in the cons list. Then, study & experience them so they're more real to you.

Mindfulness is working with society, not against it. Against it would be saying, "I'm the only one who matters, & everyone else doesn't," a the psychopath says. Here's a model One Mind Restoration uses to outline mindfulness:

Based on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Be mindful of the processes & organisms within your body. Know that your mind is more than your brain. Your mind includes every cell of your body, every process & even energy. Biophoton Field Theory is a study of the energy part of the mind. If you treat the brain only while disregarding the rest of the body, you create a blockage in the balance of processes.

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Man tries to make for himself in the fashion that suits him best a simplified and intelligible picture of the world; he then tries to some extent to substitute this cosmos of his for the world of experience, and thus to overcome it. This is what the painter, the poet, the speculative philosopher, and the natural scientists do, each in his own fashion. Each makes this cosmos and its construction the pivot of his emotional life, in order to find in this way peace and security which he can not find in the narrow whirlpool of personal experience.