THE FIRST SUBSISTENCE LEVEL - The A-N or
Autistic Existential State
Theme: Express self as if just
another animal according to the dictates of one's imperative
physiological needs and the environmental possibilities.
Thinks in an autistic, that is, need-satisfying,
wish-fulfillment manner. Lives a herd-based, automatic,
reflexological, undifferentiated-from-other-animals form of
No true self-awareness, no awareness of self as differentiated
from others. Imperative need-based concept of time; no concept of
space beyond home territory; no concept of Gods or God, the
universe, or the like.
Motivated by the tensions of the imperative, periodic,
Shows no organized or oriented planned work effort. Has no
concept of leadership. Effort is expended in response to immediate
needs or desires if awake and plays when surfeited.
Has a physiological, imperative need-based concept of time,
cause, space, and materiality which are of very limited character.
The system by which all lived 40,000 or more years ago. Still
exists in viable and functioning form today, though most often
found today in pathological cases. Exists today in conditions of
existence which provide for automatic satisfaction of the A-level
problems of existence, the problems of individual and race
survival -problems which are sensed, processed, and reacted to
through the automatic equipment of the N neurological system, the
neuro system specifically attuned to processing imperative,
physiological need information. Learns through the process of
habituation, the learning process which automatically signals the
on-off character of need. Responds only to change in intensity of
need, not to patterning of need.
A state which cannot be assessed by verbal means.
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