EPOCH I (LEVEL I)
Dr. Graves called the first loop, “Automatic (reactive) Existence.”
On this level, human beings seek the immediate satisfaction of basic physical needs first and foremost. Humans operate, essentially, as pure reactive organisms living through the medium of primary instinct. The genuine SURVIVOR has critical need-based concepts of time/space and no idea of cause and/or effect. Awareness excludes self and is limited to the presence of physiological tension when present, and relief when needs are met.
The SURVIVOR lives a purely inherent existence.
Individuals in early epochs navigate a purely necessary process of animal existence. However, as soon early humans accrue muscle memory routines and the regular satisfaction of urgent needs, as soon as nomadic wanderings bring them to agreeable conditions suiting their particular acquired tastes and behavior, they slide almost imperceptibly into the second existential state as described by Dr. Graves, the “TRIBE.” Tribal existence is the first “communal” LOE.
SURVIVOR POINT OF VIEW:
In modern times, SURVIVOR is an inwardly pointing worldview, dependent on outside support for maintenance. The SURVIVOR LOE is seen today in babies, very young children, those suffering from extreme substance dependency, and/or severe degenerative conditions (such as Alzheimer’s). Interactions between SURVIVOR and individuals from other loops are usually agreeable as long as SURVIVOR’s needs are met.
Gravesian Epoch I reached its peak in the closing decades of the 20th century. As we progress into the second decade of the 21st, the first two loops of Epoch II have begun to take shape… they are briefly described below in the WIZARD and FEDERATION loops:
- LEVEL I (SURVIVOR)
- LEVEL II (TRIBE)
- LEVEL III (MONARCH)
- LEVEL IV (MONOLITH)
- LEVEL V (MATERIALIST)
- LEVEL VI (GREEN)