When reading a review of a new car that just arrived on the market, I observed an obvious and worrying trend. While technology in cars has been constantly advancing over the past 50 years, the efficiency of movement and self-awareness of people has steadily deteriorated. Human efficiency and reliability are becoming inversely proportional to the efficiency and reliability of the car.
Half a century ago people, even in their old age, could move relatively effortlessly and efficiency, while medical help was mostly required due to work related injuries. Cars back then were loud, unreliable and expensive, and the person who owned it also needed to know how to maintain it. Operating the vehicle required more practice, knowledge, experience, feeling and thinking, while back pain, neck, lower back pain, and shoulder pain, less sciatica, and headaches were less known and less discussed. Today it is just the opposite. Cars have become more reliable, but at the same time their housing is airtight and, as a rule, a non-expert cannot interfere with it. Consumption and noise are lower, the comfort and equipment of the vehicle is increasing. Operating the vehicle requires decreasingly less knowledge, feeling, practice and thinking. Meanwhile, older people are becoming clumsier, more rigid and slower. They move without softness, and often the impression is that even without pleasure. Muscle aches have become a constant companion.
Hospitals, health centers and physiotherapy offices are filled to the brim, queues for artificial hips, spinal surgery, neck, and breaking calcifications in the shoulders have never been longer. More and more magazines and health guides keep popping up at an increasing rate.
People know less and less about themselves and are becoming increasingly dependent on artificial intelligence and new energy sources. This is associated with an increasing number of chronic pain and illness without a clear diagnosis.
By what pattern are they developing ever better and more efficient cars? A good observer will draw parallels between the car and human organ systems. In the last half century, the number of sensors that send more and more information about what is happening in the four-wheeler to the brain has increased tenfold, which allows artificial intelligence to adapt the car’s performance to the current requirements of the modern driver. Today’s car is more flexible than it used to be, while the driver’s flexibility is getting relatively smaller; sitting in the car and driving are becoming more and more comfortable, at the same time there is a growing need for the active participation of the driver in traffic and vehicle control. The future, as drawn by the leading car manufacturers, envisages the expansion of automation and vehicle autonomy.
There is nothing wrong with that, progress has brought plenty of good into our lives, such as less road accidents with fatalities, lower fuel usage, less harmful emissions, increased mobility. But we are also seeing the negative effects of progress, just like we always do. People don’t move as much as we used to, our movement becomes monotone. We feel worse and we have trouble understanding the functioning of our own body. We only feel problems when they have progressed, usually when it’s too late to do anything. We cannot identify and recognize bad habits and change them; we have trouble understanding what movement and posture do us harm. We seek help from experts, but forget to seek it with ourselves, and we don’t even try to understand what is happening with our well-being.
It is very important to describe how you feel and what pains you to the therapist correctly and vividly. Therapists notice that people do not connect their body well and therefore do not know how to extract and then summarize important data for health, which is why they know so much more about their hobby – they know how to listen to their engine running better than their own. Our lives have been automated so we use the conscious part of our brain less and thus have trouble adapting to change inside and around us. Because the number of daily tasks and decisions increases we welcome the opportunity to make our lives easier using technology.
Using exercises of the AEQ method we will restore the sensing of our body and increase control over ourselves. This way, we can retain most of the abilities that our ancestors had, while at the same time using the advances in technology that are available to modern man in abundance to our advantage.
An efficient system protects against wear and provides greater reliability and satisfaction at the same time. This is especially true for our body. A person should strive for physical and personal-spiritual development, only in this way can he maintain his body effectively. The organ that we have developed through evolution especially for our survival and domination is the conscious part of the brain (cortex)*.
* According to research by dr. Yuri Yatska, a resident of the Western world, on average consciously thinks only three minutes a day.