The Human Givens Charter — A vision for good government

Our innate resources

Along with our innate needs nature gave us ‘guidance systems’ or ‘resources’ to help us get our innate needs met. These are also human givens and include:

  • The ability to develop complex long-term memory, which enables us to add to our innate knowledge and learn
  • The ability to build rapport, empathise and connect with others
  • Imagination, which enables us to focus our attention away from our emotions, use language and problem solve more creatively and objectively
  • Emotions and instincts
  • A conscious, rational mind that can check out our emotions, question, analyse and plan
  • The ability to ‘know’ — that is, understand the world unconsciously through metaphorical pattern matching
  • An observing self — that part of us that can step back, be more objective and be aware of itself as a unique centre of awareness, apart from intellect, emotion and conditioning
  • A dreaming brain that de-stresses us every night and preserves the integrity of our genetic inheritance by metaphorically defusing emotional arousals (‘expectations’) still present in the autonomic arousal system (because they were not acted upon the previous day).

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