Immune System and Personality   BeiYin  updated 25.3.04
 
Our defense system serves to protect us from any kind of influences which are not already part of our individual property, and this is valid for one's whole system which includes the body, the mind and one's feelings and something else which for many is not yet existent because they haven't yet included it into their conscious awareness, but this part of our existence might not need any defense (about this I will write later more...). If the defense works well then we are immune against attacks. We have built special 'anti entities' which eliminate intruders already known by the defense system as irritating, disturbing or causing any kind of uncomfortable feeling or reaction. Apart of this, also anything will be eliminated which is unknown. There is no 'openness', all parts of the system are closed and every thing which comes as an influence is filtered. 
This is a very basic function developed from the first beginning of life for all existing systems from the most elemental to the most sophisticated. But how can there be development if all systems are closed? Are all influences from outside felt as aggressive and as attack? That explains why a self expression often is taken personally by somebody else and felt as an attack although it is not meant like this, but it triggers defense reactions. Probably that's the reaction to any influence coming from an expression which is new and not known and so not understood or it goes in the existing box of personal experiences because something similar was felt as unwanted or it comes from a person which is sorted into the category of being a suspicious individual.
The 'growing' of an individual in this state happens by multiplying the already established property. Obviously this gives a certain security and builds up a kind of 'well being'. But then after some time there happens stagnation. Like in an isolated, native tribe when those were multiplying for generations within the same families and becoming all relatives. So there will be regression and degeneration and that's what shows still in our days in little villages in the mountains when there are borne much more 'idiots' than in cities and other places where there is fluctuation of people. (Longman dictionary: The word 'idiot' means a person of very weak mind usual from birth, who can not behave or think in the ordinary way.) So what happened then was that this closed isolated tribe was invaded by another tribe, women were kidnapped and taken away or just raped. This happened in the old days as a normal event and up to our days in all the wars... In our (peaceful) time the village in the mountains will be invaded by tourists and some of the native women might be pregnant after the visit...
What happens to a system within certain cultures is the same as what happens to individuals. Depending on the programming of the defense system there will be allowed more or less influences. For example there are cultures, which do not allow that women have any contact with strangers at all, so they are well protected that no new gene enter the system. This  well functioning protection is mostly based on a strong belief system, a tradition rigidly taken care of, a religious dogma or any other kind of strict rules. The believe system of the western world works similar, just that here the belief system is mostly materialistic orientated although spiritual garnished (embellished) and there is hardly any openness for aspects which are not practical or confirming personal needs. (That's the reason why anything mystical or irrational, - anything which doesn't fit into the common, from society supported mind system, is rejected or ignored.)
What is the similarity between the immune system and the protection of the personality? Maybe it's worth to have a look to find out about it.
The personalities of the human species in its momentary state of evolution obviously are in stagnation and regression. This statement probably goes against one's personal belief because the image might be that we live in a wonderful 'new Age' were awakening of humanity is near, etc. If one believes this then there will built up resistance against what is written here and probably even before reaching to the end there might happen a reaction... And this in spite of the obvious facts:
One of the many signs for stagnation and degeneration of humanity is that the number of diseases is rapidly growing and especially those connected with the failing of the physical immune system. Often these diseases are resistant against the usual medication. There are given many different names to diseases which in their roots have the same cause, but this is not seen and not wanted to be seen because only symptoms are treated in a limited traditional, modern, materialistic way.
Modern medicine is failing. The reason is obvious: The health system is stuck in old ways of thinking and behavior. How can it be different, being so closely connected with the 'personality' and the momentary state of evolution? The established system is defending itself, it is immune against influences which are not an established part. Sometimes there appear a very few individuals with new viewpoints coming out of a different state of being... but they are treated like intruders. The best defense seems always to attack out of the rich arsenal of opinions and arguments and if it is not possible to eliminate the intruders then the easiest is to ignore them.
What can make a change? Is it really necessary that one state of established being has to break down before something new can appear? Our mind is so much filled up with concepts, images, dreams, opinions, believes, experiences, etc. and all this must be defended, - because of the identification with all these amounted old stuff and because the personality is gaining one's feeling of existence out of it, - so there can't be space for anything new. Is this the reason why there is disease? Which in parts causes a break down of the individual, not only in one's body system but also in one's property of mind and the established frame of being. If this happening is not seen as part of a growing process and only is 'repaired' in the traditional way, then the growing process gets stuck and will find another way which might be even more destructive by going on another level or into an other dimension...
I personally do not believe that it is inevitable to go through all this destruction and self destruction with all its suffering and pain. There are shortcuts using a wider awareness, but obviously a certain degree of suffering is necessary to open the system to be able to receive some information as a starter. 
Probably it's not yet clear that there is the same conduct happening on all levels: personal, in all kind of groups, companies, or even on a national or global level: Defending the established state is the most common. This inhibits evolution and growing in a creative way and the result is that there happens destruction, not only caused from the defending system to the outside because of defense reactions, but also within the own system and this shows as self-destruction. So this could be seen as something 'positive' because it furthers the growing process and this new attitude could guide to creative solutions of problems, but mostly it is seen as negative and the only thing what is done is to try to repair the symptoms or to eliminate the cause by separating it from the whole.

If disease would be seen as a healing reaction from the 'whole' system then with this creative attitude there would open space for solutions, but it looks like we are pretty far away from this. 
A good example how the defense works can be seen in the reaction from the owner of a mailing list I was subscribed to when I had posted the above article: 

"I'm not going to post this one so please stop submitting it. Too much bias against certain cultures and lifestyles." 
[bias = a tendency to be in favor of or against something or someone without knowing enough to judge fairly.]
There is absolutely nothing said against any culture, this was only used as an example describing aspects of our daily reality, but this goes against the limited personal opinion and I was put anyway in the box of a 'suspicious' and so must be eliminated. This is how systems work...
BeiYin: Our defense system serves to protect us from any kind of influence which is
not already part of our individual property. If this works well then we are immune against any attack. We have built even special 'anti-entities' which eliminate intruders already known by the defense system. Apart of this anything will be rejected which is unknown and if this influence insists then it will eliminated. There is no openness, the system is closed and every thing is filtered.
Comment: I agree about the purpose of the defense system, it allows survival of the existing form. Also the defense system has the capability to remember past threatening influences and so will always defend against those recognized intruders. Is it true that anything will be eliminated that is unknown? I don't think this is the case, because antibodies are only built up after the system has been intruded with the invader. I think it is more like the system can't 'see' the intruder because it has no memory to be able to recognize it one way or the other. Most likely this is the opening that is necessary for some invasion to provoke the existing system into adapting to changing outside conditions, so it can't be a closed system or otherwise there would be no growth. I think this is the same parallel in the human personal defense, if something isn't known (as a threat to the personality), then it is like it isn't seen at all. So perhaps it would be interesting to look into a way to teach the immune or defense system that a certain 'entity' is an invader. On the other hand, how can we even know if something is an invader or not? Who is going to teach the immune system what is good and what not? Making our decisions will be judgmental based on something that we fear because we have no knowledge of it, and so the desire to eliminate it, which we have no real basis to know if the unknown entity is beneficial or not. Of course this is the basic theory behind vaccinations, that you give some of the invader in a shot and then allow that the immune system builds up anti-bodies so that it can fight or fend off any future occurrence of that invading entity. Then when you look at all the evidence today against vaccinations that they are actually harmful, you have to wonder if human's have the capability to teach the immune system anything. Probably some other source is needed. Is the best strategy to ‘trust’ that the immune system will take care of what needs to be fought by keeping it in the best condition as possible?
BeiYin: This is a very basic function developed from the first beginning of life for all existing systems from the most elemental to the most sophisticated. But how can there be development if all systems are closed? Are all influences from outside felt as aggressive? Probably that's what it is if the influence is new and not known. The 'growing' in this state happens by multiplying the already existing.
Comment: As I stated above I think that it's more likely that unknown influences are ignored, which doesn't mean that they are bounced out of the system. There is simply no recognition or memory available to judge it either way as good or bad. I think they 'infiltrate' like a spy, sitting in the background unrecognized having an affect unknown to the system. Maybe eventually the system becomes aware of the intruder and then either accepts or rejects what the intruder brings… There can be a recognized new and unknown influence only if there is a provoked fear from the system, indicating a threat to the existing state. These influences will be rejected at first.
BeiYin: Obviously this gives a certain security and builds up the well being. But then after some time there happens stagnation. Like in a native tribe when they were multiplying for generations within the same families and becoming all relatives. So there will be regression and degeneration and that's what shows in little villages in the mountains when there are borne much more idiots than in cities and other places where there is fluctuation of people. So what happened then that this closed tribe was invaded by another tribe, women were kidnapped and taken to their tribe or just raped. The village in the mountains will be invaded by tourists and some of the native women might be pregnant after the visit....
Comment: I agree that there is a tendency to cling to the existing state because of the security felt and coming from the need to survive. But also the systems have a tendency to get lazy sticking with their comfortable ways, so there are also outside influences that will affect them forcing change whether it is wanted or not. The system of the growing whole ensures that we don't stay separated too long… These invasions by tribes and tourists are examples of this.
BeiYin: What is the similarity between the immune system and the protection of the
personality? Maybe it's worth to have a look to find out about it.
The personalities of the human species in its momentary state of evolution obviously are in stagnation and regression. 
One of the many signs for this seems to be that the number of diseases is rapidly growing and especially those connected with the failing of the immune system. Often these diseases are resistant against the usual medication. 
Comment: Heavy statement… Yes, I think this is correct that the human situation is in a state of stagnation and regression. Anytime a system becomes unbalanced there will be stronger and stronger reactions indicating the internal sickness or need to make some changes.  The human situation in the world grows more dismal each day, despite what the new age spiritualists tell us... Our over consumption of all material things, our desire for more to survive forever is causing want on destruction of our environment. Nearly everyone is sick. Because of the increased toxicity of our environments, all our bodies are thusly more toxic and this wreaks havoc on the immune system. Thus leaving us open for invading viruses and bacteria to multiply in our now open system, which we opened ourselves with our careless consumption. 
BeiYin: Modern medicine is failing. The reason seems obvious: The health system is
stuck in old ways of thinking and behavior. How can it be different, being so closely connected with the 'personality' and the momentary state of evolution? The established system is defending itself, it is immune against influences which are not part of it. Sometimes there appear a very few individuals with new viewpoints... but they are treated like intruders. The best defense seems always to attack and if it is not possible to eliminate the intruder then the easiest is to ignore them.
Comment: I agree because 'to be an established system' is only possible if there is an underlying defense strategy to hold it all together. This is true of all systems. So it seems most important that people realize two things: 1. All systems necessarily defend to maintain itself, in order to survive or exist. 2. Eventually the maintained system will deteriorate or regress, if it doesn't adapt to outside changing conditions. As the outside conditions are always changing the best seems to be to accept these two facts, and teach our systems how to adapt to changing conditions, so that our established systems become more like adapting systems.  But this is most likely a long way to go…
BeiYin: What can make a change? Is it really necessary that one thing has to break
down before something new can appear? Our mind is so much filled up with concepts, images, dreams, opinions, beliefs, experiences, etc. and all these must be defended. Because the personality is gaining one's feeling of existence out of it, so there can't be space for anything new. Is this the reason why there is disease? Which in parts causes a break down of the individual, not only in one's body system but also in one's property of mind and the established frame of being. If this happening is not seen as
part of a growing process and only is 'repaired' in the traditional way, then the growing process gets stuck and will find another way which might be even more destructive by going on another level or dimension...
Comment: Probably the personal defense system blocks out too many intruders, which could be beneficial to help the system adapt to changes… Maybe this filter setting on top of everything else is a main reason why people get sick, not allowing the influences from the growing outside whole to infiltrate, and offer that which could be a new breath of life to a stagnating system…
 
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