THE FOURTH SUBSISTENCE LEVEL -
The D-Q or Absolutistic Existential State
Theme: Sacrifice self
now in order to receive reward later.
This system begins to emerge when successful C-P existence
creates a bi-polar set of problems, the problems of existence D.
These result when the self-centered, hedonsitic C-P exis tence
creates a problem for the haves, as well as the have-nots. They
are also products of the increased activation of consciousness of
self and consciousness of others. The have is brought face-to-face
with death's taking away the pleasure of existence and with the
problem of having to give up his/her successful self-centered
existence. The have-not, also facing the awareness of death, has
the problem of explaining why life has been such a miserable
existence. These awarenesses of death problems activate the Q
neurological system, a system specifically equipped to experience
quilt, to learn through avoidant learning (i.e., punishment) and
Thinking at this level is absolutistic, a one right way - all
others are wrong, black and white, good or evil, all or none,
categorical fashion. It is in terms of absolute rules as a
necessity for control of C-P impulses.
True two-way interpersonal relations are expressed along with
true identification with and pity for others. Thinks in terms of
others being taken into account, as a person having needs and
feelings which are different from the others' , but such feelings
are judged as the right feelings or the wrong feelings.
Assumes a right-wrong position in respect to everything, even
an either-or conception of knowledge and sees weakness in any
person who takes a position and then changes.
Thinks in terms of giving and receiving, but, in the long run,
always in terms of giving now or doing now in order to get, (i.e.
, to receive later) , but only after one has learned the right.
Also thinks in terms of punishment right now, and ever after,
for wrong doing unless one repents. Thinks in terms of tenderness,
of giving, of living with, provided one lives by "my"
Giving is professed as more important than receiving, but
giving is done with the ultimate aim of receiving.
Is sensitive to the feeling of guilt and, thus, to disapproval.
Feels guilt for possessing forbidden thoughts or desires and
believes the feeling of guilt and the act of atonement are the
proper responses for wrong done to others.
D-Q behavior shows a struggle to free self from the guilt of
selfishness thorough the acceptance of hierarchy. The higher
authority evaluates the struggling acts of the lower without
taking the offending person's feelings into account.
Sponsors a benevolently autocratic, moralistic-prescriptive
form for managing all life. This must be religiously adhered to.
First appeared about 6,000 years ago.
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