“A major consequence of being psychologically asleep is the psychological and spiritual blindness which results from it. This results in action not from conscious awareness and true intelligence, but from self righteousness, which leads individuals and society as a whole into an abysmal pit.”
Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub)
Ramana Pemmaraju captures the essence of this quote by saying, “A conscious fool is more enlightened than an unconscious genius.” Certainly, myth and fairy-tale bear this out—right up to the modern-day tale of Forest Gump. The main problem, as I see it, with unconsciousness (psychological and spiritual blindness) is often simply that we don't realize we have it. We genuinely think we know what we're talking about when we don't. Much of the time, we are simply repeating things that have been told to us, or that we've heard without checking out the validity of its substance. One can believe deeply, passionately in something, but if that something is founded upon a lie, or upon ignorance of the facts, then all the belief in the world will not make it true.
Sometimes, what happens is that we become so entrenched in our own beliefs and opinions, that we fail to take into account those of others. We're so convinced of our “rightness” that there is no room to consider our possible “wrongness.” Some call this polarized, others call it tribal. Whatever it is, it is regressive and dangerous. It is dangerous both to us as individuals and to our world.
We humans, individually and collectively, can change this behavior if we are willing to step off our self-righteous certainty into the open field of possibility. If we can suspend our absolute adherence to our own beliefs and opinions, and listen to others, and live as though they matter as much as we do, we can move this world forward. All that's required is consciousness—the ability to be psychologically and spiritually awake.
In the Spirit,