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We Are Not Born With Values

How we change what others think, feel, believe and do… We are not born with values, so how do people develop their values? There are three periods during which values are developed as we grow.  Sociologist Morris Massey has described periods during which values are developed.  Up to the age of seven, we are like sponges, absorbing everything around us and accepting much of it as true. The confusion and blind belief of this period can also lead to the early formation of disturbance and other deep troubles.  The thing here is to learn a good judgment of right and wrong, good and bad. This is a human construction which we nevertheless often assume would exist even if we were not here.

Then we form model by copying people, often our parents, but also others. More than blind acceptance of values, we try them on like a suit of clothes, to see how they feel.  We are much impressed with religion or our teachers. We all remember being particularly influenced by junior school teachers who seemed so knowledgeable.  Between 13 and 21, we are very largely influenced by our peers.  As we develop as individuals and try to get away from the prior brainwashing, we turn to people who seem more like us.  Other influences at these ages include the media, especially those parts which seem to resonate with the values of our peer groups.

It is tough to have high moral values, but some people get there.  In the pre-moral state, we have no real values; we are thus amoral. Young children are pre-moral. So also are psychopaths. Our basic nature tells us to be Machiavellian, doing whatever it takes to achieve our goals, even if it means hurting other people.  Most people have conventional values, as learned from their parents, teachers and peers. These basically say, “Here are the rules to live in reasonable harmony with other people.”  The bottom line of this state is that we will follow them just so long as we think we need to. We will break our values occasionally, and especially if our needs are threatened or we are pretty sure we can get away with breaking values with nobody else knowing about it.

When we are truly principled, we believe in our values to the point where they are an integral and subconscious part of our person. Right and wrong are absolute things beyond the person, for example as defined by a religion.  The test of a principled person is that they will stick to their values through thick and thin, and even will sacrifice themselves rather than break their principles. Many great leaders were principled, like Martin Luther King, Gandhi, etc.

If you can understand how people’s values develop, then you can guide the process. This is well understood by dictators and religious sects around the world.  Dictators regularly take over the education system and brainwash the children in their ideals. An old Jesuit saying is not that far off: ‘Give me the child and I will give you the man.’  Being principled is a very powerful method of influence. But beware: this is a one way street; it also means there are many things you cannot do.


Human Pheromones—Fact-or-Fiction

Pheromones are naturally occurring odorless substances the fertile body excretes externally, conveying an airborne signal that provides information to, and triggers responses from, the opposite sex of the same species. In 1986 Dr. Winnifred Cutler, founder of Athena Institute, and her colleagues conducted the first controlled scientific studies to document the existence of pheromones in humans. Prior to their landmark research, there were no conclusive indications that pheromones were excreted by humans. In animals, it had been known that pheromones served to promote behavior that perpetuated the species. Pheromones elicit unlearned behavioral or developmental responses from others of the same species – act to regulate sexual and reproductive behavior in many nonhuman mammals. We can see examples of this throughout the animal kingdom. The human body produces chemical secretions that have pheromonal properties.

What does science tell us? Do we produce pheromonal secretions? Men and women do have odor-producing apocrine glands in their underarm, nipple, and genital areas. Also, biochemists have isolated compounds that have pheromonal properties in pigs from the urine and sweat of men and, to a lesser extent, women. So, we give off body odor and our bodies excrete substances that pigs find sexually stimulating.

Assuming the human body can secrete pheromonal substances, are we capable of detecting them? Here, the evidence is a bit more solid. Scientists have found that human infants, children, and adults are able to discriminate between other individuals on the basis of olfactory cues – we can tell each other apart using our noses. It seems possible that we have the capacity to detect pheromones, should they exist.

The question that interests most of us, of course, is whether pheromones actually influence species perpetuation behavior. Certainly many perfumes and colognes contain pheromones or their synthetic equivalents from a variety of mammals, including the musk deer, civet cat, beaver, and pig. Studies find that exposure to these substances either has no effect at all or decreases sexual feelings among adults. So exposure to pheromones produced by other mammals doesn’t seem to do much for us. Pheromones are species-specific. Thus, it really isn’t surprising that exposure to nonhuman pheromones does not directly influence sexual attraction in humans. However, it is possible that these substances have an indirect effect on desire – a scent or odor may elicit a pleasant emotional response which, in turn, may increase sexual feelings. In addition, it is likely that a particular scent or odor that has been paired repeatedly with a sex partner or with sexual activity, for example, a specific brand of cologne or perfume may come to produce a learned desire response. Of course, these types of elicited or learned responses do not constitute a true pheromone reaction.

Science will continue to advance, and the quest to identify a human pheromone will undoubtedly go on. Maybe in a year or two, I’ll be able to post a new, updated entry that presents more conclusive evidence with respect to pheromones. Human sexuality is multifactorial, and much more complex. Our responses are much less biochemically-dependent than those of other mammals. Men and women don’t require the presence of a particular hormone or chemical secretion to feel desire, want sex, or become attracted to another member of the species. No single substance would have the power to produce those animalistic, primal sexual and aggressive behaviors.

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