Our internal culture

Human beings have lived in many different types of society and as a species of primate dependent on social interaction human beings thrive on diversity. We are just as capable of living in egalitarian society as we are - and have been doing - in highly stratified societies such as our present culture and society. This is no different from the choice over whether to smoke tobacco or not. Sure you can smoke cigarettes and even get through a couple of packets a day but it doesn't necessarily mean that it's healthy for you to do so.

Small, local close knit communities, cultures which are based on food sharing, gift exchanges and sharing skills, people living off predominantly foraging, living among people you have known your entire life, in an environment where there is a great deal of fluidity between different groups, a culture which isn't heavily based on materialism, or focussed on money, ownership of property, this is how humans have spent almost all their entire history and even among the most modern - the homo sapiens - how we've spent some 305,000 years of our approximately 320,000 year history.

This history is based on culture with very little violence and divisionism, and certainly no organized group violence. The entire history of warfare and social divisions between human beings can be comfortably placed within the most recent 15,000 years of our history with plenty of space left over.

Violence and social conflict is not evenly distributed throughout the planet or entire human species. There are societies on the planet where there is no violence. There are others which are violent, abusive and self-destructive.

Western white Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) culture, i.e. that of English-speaking nations is probably the most violent and toxic a culture in the entire history of Mankind. It is highly stratified and arguably the most isolating and dis-empowering of any society or culture on the planet.

Individualism is a lie

Individualism is based on endless hierarchies and social divisions and involves competition, the creation of problems to make profit from and all this is justified by appeals to our nature and the myth that we are all somehow individualistic, selfish and exploitative. Nothing could be further from the truth and in terms of social interaction, culture and evolution, we are by far the most socially variant species of the animal kingdom.

The Bio Psycho Social model

We advocate this model and support it primarily as a way of getting beyond the mechanistic 20th century Freudian concepts centred around Ego which still persist through much of today's medical establishment. This is the exact same model as various Secretaries of State for Work and Pensions have claimed is the new basis for welfare reforms such as Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments. Yet nobody has died as a result of being involved in our community and our community structure and dynamic is radically different from that of Universal Credit. Go figure.

Interpersonal neurobiology

The way our community is set up is based on an internal culture which closely resembles the concept of interpersonal neurobiology developed by Dr Daniel J. Siegel which goes to say that the way our nervous system and brain functions depends very much on our personal relationships. This places a special emphasis on our relationships with our parents, on other important emotional attachments and also on our levels of cultural awareness. You cannot separate the neurological, psychological and emotional development of the individual human from their environment, and our understanding of environment includes not just the natural environment but also the social environment, which you can see very clearly from our Triangular Relationship.

You choose

We are working to develop the Qultura community which is radically different from the existing wider community or society. You have to decide for yourself whether you wish to remain part of a culture in a stratified society based on social and cultural attitudes based on individualism where you get little or no opportunities for social interaction, where you have to constantly watch your back, fend for yourself and compete with everybody else or you wish to come into our community and help develop an alternative where empathy, trust, reciprocity, compassion, creativity and developing good social relations with others in your local community are emphasized and much more important.