As many readers may know, the UPenn Primals Initiative team is right now trying to identify humanity’s primal world beliefs using several different methods, looking across history, religions, cultures, etc. One method, but no others, identified the world is vast/small. Awesome. It certainly it fits the criteria; it’s about world essence, it’s descriptive, it concerns only everything, and it’s super simple.
At the same time, more than any of the other primals we have identified, we don’t expect the world is vast/small to play a major role in human thinking and behavior, at least compared to other primals like the world is safe/dangerous. That one probably affects a good deal of everyday behavior, life decisions, how one processes information, and more. But this 2-minute video that Alicia shared got me thinking that maybe we should keep it. What do you think? It certainly evoked within me a powerful, emotional, gut-level, primal belief about reality. I’m curious if it does the same for others. I’m also curious how others think this primal could influence human life in tangible ways.