Ambition In Charles Siebert's An Elephant Crackup?

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In many situations, human beings have no capability of dominating what they experience in the outside world. Events like accidents or opportunities are beyond individuals’ control and their range of prediction. However, there is a natural demonstrator living in individuals’ brain, determining how individuals perceive the outside world. Besides, the perception varies along with individuals’ experiences, belief, personality, and volition. Charles Siebert, in his essay “An Elephant Crackup?”, argues how scientists attempt to treat elephants’ posttraumatic stress disorder caused by human beings’ violent attack to their herds in a sanctuary where caregivers can join in elephants’ family based on a new “trans-species psyche”. The “trans-species psyche” …show more content…
Ambition is a strong mental force acting on individuals’ behaviors and thoughts, and it can turn around their behaviors and thoughts to the opposite of their instinct. For example, when someone confronts to a strange situation, an intense will to overcome the situation encourages brain to eliminate the negative feelings and to figure out a resolution. Pursuing goals can be a brand new experience or a process of repeated improvement, but it always inspires new thoughts and new actions for approaching the purpose, which can contribute to a change in perception. In religious practice, individuals “seek out these experience that touch [them] deeply within and lift [them] momentarily beyond [themselves]” to transcend their perception of human beings (Armstrong 7). For instance, when a young boy enters in a frightening cave alone, his natural response is fear. However, his inspiration, to become brave and to overcome fear of darkness, does not allow him to submerge in the fear and encourages him to go forward dauntlessly. Through the cave adventure, the young boy have a further understanding of his spiritual power. In similar experiences of yoga, individuals discover their inherent inclination to distraction when meditating and try to sharp their concentration, training their mental control over themselves. After the process, their perception of themselves is refreshed since they view how …show more content…
Physical senses are one of the critical component of perception because it represents the direct impression of the outside world on individuals’ sense organs. What’s more, senses have a right influence on individuals’ emotion. For example, individuals are able to make use of other feelings to cover the mental activity that they want to release from that. Seibert stresses on “the human brain’s particular cognitive capacities” that is things like reliving the original traumatic experience and being taught to modulate feelings through early detection of hyper-arousal and through breathing techniques” (364). Breath skillfully can calm humans down, while concentrating on doing the exercise distracts the attention on the stimuli of hyper-arousal. After repeated practice, patients gradually establish some correlatives in their brain to circumvent their painful memories. In order to neglect the awareness of traumatic experience, patients shift their feelings to a respiratory exercise of which the neurological function is to relax their nerves and to divert their attention. In yoga, breathing process with yoga postures is also mentioned to be able to draw forth a state of peacefulness. “Yogins find that these disciplines, which have measurable physical and neurological effects, evoke a sense of calm, harmony, and equanimity that is comparable to the effect of music” (Armstrong15). Yoga disciplines

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