an started his journey to present time some countless eons hence. Through blood and slaughter, earthquake and tidal wave, through muck and parching sand, through misery and strivings, grief and happiness he has progressed, generation by generation, into the master of the world and the lord of all kingdoms.
What is the ideal state of this “animal,” man? What are his goals? What are his limitations? What is there about him that is good and what is bad?
In the course of his adventures, man made one very important discovery—and it has worried him ever since. He found that he had a mind. He found that he could think. Finally he understood that his mind was his best weapon. And he found that privation and injury or perhaps demons could deprive him of the full use of that weapon—his mind.
Through ages of philosophers, shamans (or medicine men) and priests, he has attempted to resolve this primary worry and thus resolve a primary problem. Man wants to know what there is wrong with his mind, if anything, and he wants to know what might be the ideal state of his mind, if such a state exists.