|whatever you think of carlos Castaneda he certainly has some of the things about human nature sewn up, take this passage about the the self deciept in each of us:|
What is wrong with us human beings, and has been wrong since time immemorial, it that without ever stating it in so many words, we believe that we have entered the realm of immortality, We behave as if we were never going to die; an infantile arrogance. But even more injurious than this sense of immortality is what comes with it: the sense that we can engulf this inconceivable universe with our minds.
It's incredible that we do this, but we do. Maybe we use excuses like, "if we didn't pretend then we wouldn't be able to live our lives". I think these are the words of someone who is to afraid to give it a go.
I am going to die, that is a what I am told.
I can choose to believe it or not, but as I have chosen to believe that I will not die for the first part of my life, I will now try to do the opposite.
I am going to die, maybe not now, maybe not tomorrow, maybe not for 50 years or more but I will die.
That dream I have about taking my last breath; will happen, for real.
Although it scares the hell out of me, it will happen. I have to accept it and deal with it. which i'm sure I can do, i'm sure everyone could if they were to try, but people are scared, everyone is scared.
well its time for me to stop being scared. Knowledge is the key to overcoming my fear.