Quite a few years ago, I accidentally was drawn from philosophy into the sphere of human evolution, mysticism and psychedelics. It all started with a single remark. I was stuck with the psychic world of the Neanderthal man in a science documentary, which I had recorded with my VCR for appropriate viewing moments. There was something baffling in the illustrated scene where a Neanderthal man momentarily encountered the modern human face to face.
I suddenly realised what caught my attention
It took me a while to understand why I was puzzled. At first it was the seeming “simplicity” of the Neanderthal man. I did not want to think of it as stupid, but it was impossible to put words like ‘what’, ‘why’ or ‘where’ in its mouth. I tried, but finally I had to give up. It simply could not ask questions. If it could, it would not have given up its territories to the southern invader, Homo sapiens.
This curious creature took everything as given and accepted the world as it was. Why, I asked myself? Perhaps there was something missing in its psyche? Could it be missing the ability to use cognition? Suddenly out of the blue, I realised what I was looking for. It was just this kind of rationally limited psyche that reminded me of my own transcendental experience, which happened to me when I was 20 years of age.
I still vividly remember the situation well when I clearly lost my ability to ask the cause for things around me. My cognition was wiped out and replaced by the huge heartfelt desire to accept everything as it was. It feeling was confusing yet blissful at the same time. The Neanderthal man must have had something in common with my experience. Did that mean I was in some way similar to the Neanderthal man? I finally realized that it was me as a modern human who was missing something! I lacked the real adulthood I saw in the essence of that Neanderthal.