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Dr. “Bob” Rhondell Gibson, who introduced the Picture of Man to the public in the 1980’s, used the analogy of an army to aid in describing the relationship between functions in the diagram.

“Instead of the Physical Body, let’s put “Troops.” In Awareness, let’s put “Intelligence Corps.” And instead of “X,” let’s put “Wise General.”

“The Intelligence Corps receives information from the environment and from the Troops. The Intelligence Corps is well aware of what is going on in the Troops, morale, scuttlebutt, etc. It is also aware of what is going on in the environment. It does not tell the Wise General what to do, but it does relate what it considers to be true as it sees it, the Intelligence Corps, and that it also puts value or priorities on the information. If it feels that it is totally immaterial, puts no value on it, it is not reported.

“If it is valued, it is reported immediately. And the Wise General, of course, gives the orders down through his chain of command, and the Troops carry out his orders. And this aids in the survival and the advancement, or the purpose, of this organism called an army. It has a general; it has all his lines of command. He depends for his information on the Intelligence Corps. The function, of course, is to advance and survive for the army.”

Gibson, Robert. R. The Science of Man, Tape 2.

And when Awareness is contaminated by the influence of Tree of Knowledge (what Dr. Gibson refers to as the “NOT-I’s”):

“It is as though the Intelligence Corps were to identify with some fifth agents and says, “Well, they’re the same as I; they’re in the Intelligence Corps.” And, of course, they could all report to the general and the Wise General would act upon everything he received from the Intelligence Corps as being true.”

Gibson, Robert. R. The Science of Man, Tape 5.

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Although people rarely perceive anything humorous about their own conditioning, there is something often comical about conditioned behavior when we observe it without identification. And one doesn’t need to be a student of The Way to see the humor.

Take the circus as an example. At the circus, the clown’s act is often just a rowdy exaggeration of conditioned behaviors. The audience, watching the clown’s behavior as unidentified observers, can’t stop laughing as the clowns play out a comedic narrative told by bopping each other on the head and other memed demonstrations of conditioned behavior.

And the Conditioned Behaviors of Man are great recipe ingredients for sitcoms too.

For nine seasons, the hit television show The Office entertained viewers with its humorous portrayal of the social circus inside a Scranton paper company office. The show’s success is entirely based in its comedic depiction of the Conditioned Behaviors of Man in the interactions of the cast members.

As an exercise, watch an episode or two of The Office and make a game out of counting how many times you hear someone complaining, sticking up for rights, pleasing others as a means of manipulation, or appealing to an authority.

Microwave popcorn and make an evening out of it. Have some fun.

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