A Qigong master, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming; stated in one of his videos that biologically, humans are designed as predators as evidenced by the forward placement of the eyes.
Actually, I am questioning his statement and offering a different view, from the Australian biologist at World Transformation Movement. If you have time and interest, I would appreciate any insights into the perspective presented by WTM, which proposes to have found the biological basis for the human condition. The first video will be found below...
My personal interest in this runs deep. For example, over the past eight months, without planning, I re-wrote the 1,000 year old set, 'Eight Pieces of Brocades' into the 'Present Moment Movements.'
In the old set, arrows were aimed at a hawk to kill. Now, arrows of kindness are aimed at a target. In the old set, the Qigong artist stares fiercely and punches at an opponent. Now, the practitioner breathes out unconditional love to the barrier membrane (called the 'block' by WTM.). I started out by practicing in the traditional way, and then, while feeling the energies, re-wrote the set over a period of more than 130 major revisions ~ so have experienced it as a process of change.
In other words, it happened that by re-writing the aggression out of the traditional Qigong set, I participated unknowingly in re-writing something on a grander scale ~ as we all do when aligned with the 'greater purpose', the more complete perspective. The change in me has been palpable, and noticed by others.
Some of this may be unclear, but it will make more sense when the WTM video is watched.
I feel that PMM could be a way to integrate and embody the understanding of the World Transformation Movement.
This to me is about making inquiry and exploring ideas, not about having any fixed conclusions. All statements, including this one, are from a partial and incomplete perspective. I seek to broaden my perspective, and make it more round. Thank you for taking your time to read.
* Comments below are on the top statement, 'A Qigong master stated that biologically, humans are deigned as predators as evidenced by the forward placement of the eyes.' From the Taoism, Lao Tzu and Wu Wei group.
Look . . . I dont mean to be rude or overly critical, but as a biologist (and one who takes a particular interest in evolutionary patterns of morphological differentiation), the VAST weight of scientific evidence suggests that forward placement of the eyes ( = wider range of binocular vision) relates most closely to HABITAT, not diet.
Nearly all primates have a broad range of binocular vision (most monkeys are even more binocular than apes). Yet hardly any primates are strictly carnivores, and most (including the largest of them all -- gorillas) are vegetarian. The same goes for birds. All but a few are highly binocular; the majority eat seeds, vegetation, or a mixed diet of plant and insect. Most rodents ? more binocular than peripheral. Yet most eat little or no meat.
Binocular vision is an adaptation to living in a cluttered space, where the distance to objects (tree branches, rocks, low-hanging roof poles etc.) is a critical issue, whereas spotting predators from far away is not a concern. It has little ... if anything ... to do with being a "predator."
The entire premise of this meme is faulty. The motivation behind it may be good, but if you cant even be accurate in stating your original idea, the entire argument falls apart.
Ken Matsushima ~ your comment seems neither rude nor overly critical to me. I value your input. My post was not clear, as it could be interpreted that I agree with the Qigong master, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, who made the statement in one of his videos. Actually, I was questioning his statement and offering a different view, from the Australian biologist at WTM. If you have time and interest, I would appreciate your further insights into the perspective presented by WTM, which proposes to have found the biological basis for the human condition. May I add your comment to my post published on the Whole Human blog? It is about making inquiry and exploring ideas, not about any fixed conclusions. Thank you.