The Mature Model

Posted: 10/06/2016 by zandtao in Freedom, Insight, ONE planet

In Kohlberg I discussed his model of morality, and in that blog I developed a model which discussed maturity – I am now calling that the mature model. Kohlberg discussed moral development that fitted in with Piaget’s development model. In my view both these models describe what is happening when we are being conditioned. Unless we break through conditioning we do not reach the mature stage of the model.

I would initially describe my model as having three stages:-

zbullet Instinct
zbullet Conditioning
zbullet Maturity

Instinct and conditioning lie within the realms of academia, and those intellectuals who have studied human development I suspect have a good grasp of what are the instincts we are born with. As for the conditioning, whilst not calling it conditioning I am sure they also have a good grasp of the pre-mature stage. Except for one limitation. Because their stages do not recognise the mature stage the development considers physical adulthood as a sort of “end of development”. Such models do not consider that those who are greedy, sex-oriented or working for career and family only, are in limited development.

This last needs expanding on. Conditioning is a word that has limited connotations – rats are conditioned in labs. Are we just human rats – even the 1%? Whilst being an unacceptably rude way of describing people this is the case. Do we consider family duty as conditioning? In many ways it is. How many people grow up get married (or not), have children and spend their lives looking after them? They become components of a culture which requires of them a job, consuming and looking after the children. This culture of family is a social duty, and when we get up feeling ill our duty forces us into work. Once we are drawn into the world of family we are caught up in this culture of conditioning. Duty is a consequence of our culture of conditioning. Where does this culture come from? Schooling and family. We are born with instincts that help us survive, and then start schooling where we then get drawn into the culture of family and consuming. Our lives are planned for us – conditioning. Within this family-culture description there are additional entrapments – debt for example. And further, within this conditioned response the greedy establish a sense of independence through wealth accumulation – a big house, bank account etc. The worst examples of this pre-mature stage are the 1% who have not moved beyond this “adolescence”, and focus what is probably a more capable humanity into exploiting others to develop their self-centred conditioned greed instinct. Because they control the system of culture and conditioning, few people see the importance of moving beyond conditioning. It is often in a situation of conflict that people are able to move beyond conditioning to the mature stage.

There are two stages of the mature model, and the first I will describe as awakening. Awakening is not an age-based stage nor can it be described as a progression for all. Our very culture of conditioning sees to that. Our system leaders, the 1%, have enhanced this culture of conditioning to such an extent that those who reach the mature stage are not recognised for such, and equally such mature people are forced back into the culture as they need money to survive. Many such people work in the compassionate professions and become bogged down in the intentional restrictions placed on such professions. There are not enough doctors or teachers, nor is there sufficient emphasis placed on the success of these professions. These mature people may also decide on family, and whilst the demands are equally as hard as for the conditioned the strength they get from awakening helps deal with the daily issues.

With awakening comes compassion that is moral, it is not possible to describe those who have awakened without their having this inherent compassion. And with this awakening these people are forced to be compassionate – to be moral. However it is not that simple as they are still attached to the khandas, to the conditioning that has developed from instincts they were born with. Despite what Kohlberg says this compassionate and moral imperative is not based on intellect – moral justification, it is inherent within the awakening process, and failure to comply with this imperative will lead to internal conflict. The imperative does lead to external conflict, conflict with the culture that fails to recognise this stage of human development. Typically this shows in the workplace where this compassion comes into conflict with greed, profits before people etc.

In most cases I have heard of, such mature people have awakened through conflict with the culture of conditioning, but this need not be the case. For example there are Buddhist monks who have awakened without this conflict because they have been immersed in a development model of life that includes within it these mature stages. This type of development is not restricted to Buddhist monks, within other religions development includes maturity and brings with it awakening. At the same time it is not restricted to religion, as creative people also reject their conditioning. When focussed on their creativity they develop within the mature stage, but advocating creativity as a path is dangerous as creative people can lose focus indulging in immorality or focussing on their art as a means of earning money; it is a tightrope.

Living with this awakening brings with it an increased development of truth, insight and compassionate imperative. For many this development comes with meditation but there is no reason why such development should not occur naturally – as with the maturely creative. But it is an insistence on insight, on zen, on pure creativity, that is a requirement. Eventually such people become selfless. The imperative on their actions prevents attachment to conditioned response, continual unlearning and enquiry remove the conditions imposed by culture until eventually there is a stage of selflessness in action that Buddhists call anatta. I am not willing to fully describe this stage of anatta as it is not something I have achieved. Awakening through to anatta is a spectrum in which there is an increased compassion and compassionate action based on the imperative. However all development is a spectrum ie from instinct through conditioning to maturity, but it is legitimate to describe stages within that continuity. The two stages I describe are awakening and anatta.

In the Kohlberg blog I was considering a moral development model, I would like to consider what happens to morality again. Within the conditioned stages Kohlberg might well apply – although far from applying to all men; with age comes an increasing use of reason in applying morality. However the morality of action is very rarely considered especially when younger, the younger you are the more you act in accordance with your family. As you get older it is more the culture that defines your actions, and when reason develops reason can affect that culture of conditioning.

But with awakening that all starts to change, action starts to be internalised and based not on conditioning, but on the mature factors of truth, insight, compassion, zen etc. If a time arises where action needs to be considered reason can be used but that is not the norm. Reason arises out of the action because of pride, guilt or an imposed need for moral justification. As the awakened mature and become more confident in their own grace and strength, the conditioning falls away and actions follow with a tacit assuredness. In the end what was important as sila becomes accepted as simply action, the need for sila to surpass conditioning and khandas having disappeared. The need for precepts having been recognised either in conditioning or as a conscious decision on awakening disappears as immediate action through insight replaces any doubt. But sila and precepts are important at the appropriate stage whether sila through conditioning by culture or through awakening. It provides a framework for appropriate action, and appropriate action helps in removing conditioning and improving maturity.

It is important to understand the source of conflict when awakening, it arises because natural development meets the barrier of cultural conditioning. In my own case that barrier was cultural repression through family and society and an over-acceptance of reason through academia. Both of these conflicts could contribute to conflict for the natural development for women, but they also have the additional constriction of the patriarchy. For some women it is the patriarchy that dominates, and their understanding of awakening is dominated by the relationship with patriarchy. For non-white peoples awakening comes through a recognition of the racist white society. But if focus remains on these characteristics alone that awakening can become stagnant and will not lead to anatta – a development into selflessness. Maturity is genderless.

Books:- Treatise, Wai Zandtao Scifi, Matriellez Education.

Blogs:- Ginsukapaapdee, Matriellez.


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