It’s been fascinating reading the posts from my liberal friends, my conservative friends and my libertarian friends on Facebook recently, as they give powerful insights into the underlying personality types as I defined them in my Lizard, Monkey, Angel theory.
Generally speaking, my liberal friends show themselves to be Angel driven Monkey dominants, with nary a Lizard among them. Some of my liberal friends show themselves to be Monkey driven Angel dominants, again, with no evidence of Lizard. This is particularly noticeable in the ongoing debate about whether torture is ever justifiable, and what is and isn’t torture, as well as the other ongoing debate over whether the current resident of the White House is a success or a failure.
On the other hand, my conservative friends show themselves to be a mix of Lizard driven Monkey dominants and Monkey driven Lizard dominants, often with only a little evidence of Angel. And my libertarian friends show themselves to be mainly Angel driven Lizard dominants with some Lizard driven Angel dominants, usually with no evidence of Monkey. No wonder the three groups don’t understand each other, much less agree on anything.
Typically the Angel driven Monkey dominants appear to be the most socialistic, holding socialism as if it were a religion, and reacting quite defensively if anyone questions anything their heroes (or heroines), such as Bernie Sanders (a senator from Vermont who defines himself as a socialist), Barack and Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, and so on. The Lizard driven Monkey dominants and Monkey driven Lizard dominants, of course, have nothing good to say about these people, because they see these people as wanting to force them, as producers and taxpayers, into slavery. My conservative friends are largely Christian (their religion), and react very defensively against what they perceive to be threats, from other religions, such as Islam in particular, to socialism. And the Angel driven Lizard dominants and Lizard driven Angel dominants—my libertarian friends—think both the socialists and conservatives are stupid, corrupt, evil, and essentially useless because they refuse to accept the sovereignty of the individual. Their religion is often atheism, if they even think in those terms. Emotions, after all, are useless (especially to the Lizard driven Angel dominant). They want to be left alone to do whatever they choose, although some will add “as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else.”
As long as we, as a species, remain fractured into three essentially exclusive worldviews, we will go on trying to destroy each other—and we may well succeed. This is because we keep trying to solve problems on the same level as that on which they were initiated. Only when we make the effort to move up to the level of Triune Integrated and listen to all three of our brains do we have any hope of developing solutions.
This is one reason I developed the Village of Tomorrow concept, and wrote the Starfield Valley Tales. We can’t hope to move beyond Earth into the Solar System until we learn to grow up into Triune Integrated people, and we can’t hope to do that until we realize we’re not accepting the reality of what we are—people with three brains and three different worldviews of equal validity that need to be integrated into an inclusive worldview able to deal with whatever life hands us.
So, my liberal, my conservative, and my libertarian friends, would you rather go on yelling at each other like two-year-olds in a towering snit, or would you rather work on learning how to grow up and work with the reality of which all of you are a part?
If the latter, try reading the Starfield Valley Tales in the order I’ve listed them to learn one way (by no means the only way) we can help each other in that difficult but rewarding journey.