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Perceptive ability

Now let’s return to the description of human development towards the living of the basic rights of existence so as to achieve internal harmony. As the next step we would like to consider what actually changes in a person when he fulfills the preconditions for the development, in other words he would like to respect – without preconditions and from his own free will – the basic rights of existence and then take the steps necessary for this.

We have seen that we can compare human development with the achievement of virtuosity in a particular activity (for example making music, sport, handcrafts etc.). The basic rights of existence (the equal right of all beings to be on the earth, to develop and to carry out their tasks) must be so strongly internalized that in every situation we automatically act according to these rights without having to think about it. If we wish to pass through this development stage, our subconscious – amongst other things with subjective perception (glasses model) – will help us to eliminate the causes of violating the basic rights of existence. We learn step by step and hence build our own pyramid of human development. Within the scope of our personal development our perceptive ability with respect to everything around us and the important interrelationships in life also increases. In particular our abilities to intuitively perceive and evaluate important information for the respecting of the basic rights of existence also increase.

From our everyday lives we also know of the increase in the perceptive ability for everything which is related directly or indirectly with an activity which is practised like a virtuoso.


A professional chauffeur can take in significantly more information during a journey than an occasional driver. The latter is fully occupied with the activity of «driving a car» whilst in the case of the professional driver «driving is almost automatic».

A good mountain guide will often sense the threat of an avalanche and quite intuitively avoids dangerous slopes. He has learned how he can trust his senses. The occasional mountain climber however is normally more dependent on his intellect, which interprets the avalanche bulletins on the radio, television or in the newspaper. When in the mountains he is less «in his element» and his senses are not so well trained to the perception of the danger of avalanches. Indeed it would be even more dangerous if he was to rely upon his own feelings for danger!

The same piece of music played once by a virtuoso and then by an average player sounds different although both are playing exactly the same notes – the virtuoso can perceive more about the piece and also put more expression into it than the average player. Why would we otherwise go to concerts given by well-known artists, if every advanced music student could play just as well? Why is there a difference between the music on a CD and «live» music?

From the above examples it is clear that the respective person has specially trained himself in certain abilities for the acquisition and evaluation of information from his surroundings for the perfecting of his particular activity. In a similar way the virtuoso appears to have acquired for himself a particular expressive ability or charisma with respect to his activity. The exact senses and information which are concerned here are difficult to judge in most cases. It is also just as difficult to scientifically explain how the information is evaluated or transmitted. The differences in the perceptive and expressive ability between someone who «is» a given activity and who becomes absorbed in it, and somebody who merely «carries out» the same activity, are however striking in the majority of cases.

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