Our higher cortical brain introduces many uniquely human abilities. Our ability to speak belongs to this part of our brain.
Our higher cortical brain gives us enough distance from the concerns of the reptilian brain and the intense feelings of the mammalian brain that we can develop a sense of self that can live both in and beyond the folds of the flesh. Our higher cortical brain gives us the capacity to enjoy many levels of connection with the world. In thought, speach, and creativity, the higher cortical brain also gives us the tools to transcend this world.
Because we have a higher cortical brain, it is possible to work with the other parts of our brain and find ways to respond to the world that refine, transform, or transcend the fight, flight, freeze impulses of our autonomic brain and the storms of emotion that course through our limbic brain.
It is also possible to misuse our higher cortical brain by fleeing the wisdom and intensities of the deeper structures of our brain. One of the ways that we abuse these powers is to dominate and attempt to bypass the forms of wisdom that arise from the depth of our being.