When we are born and as we grow, we believe we are new. But that is stupid. Do we actively tell our pancreas’ to secrete insulin to break down the sugar in what we just ate? Do we need to know how any of the innumerable mechanisms like this work? Do we even need to know they exist for our bodies to stay alive? What makes dreams? They are inexplicable most of the time but there is order to them. We perceive situations and objects and people and an environment. Perceiving any minor semblance of one of those things is order. What is creating this order? The cognitive behavioral movement in psychology assumed that we were a blank slate. This is obviously idiotic. But it says something about what we need to think we are. New. Open to any possibilities. Totally in control of our own making. What makes more sense, given how much we know about this place in which we exist, is that control was an illusion necessary for survival, and that it was a trait which was selected. Control being necessary for survival makes perfect sense. If you have control (or power) over your environment, you can deal with any threat. It is a perfectly efficient line of code that works for any organism with any agency in any environment. But when awareness becomes advanced enough to realize that death is inevitable, that conflicts with the line of code that made it possible for the awareness to become advanced. If death is inevitable, you cannot control it. If you cannot control it, can you control anything? If you can’t control anything, how is survival possible at all? If it was a cartoon, you would see the robots head spin with steam coming out of its ears and then eventually explode with springs and gears strewn everywhere. A mutation which suppressed this conflict in programming rules would be selected for. Many who hear this do not like the idea that they are motivated by a simple set of rules and that is all they are. This would be the predicted response to the notion that control is an illusion. Strengthened by who knows how many millions or billions of years of evolution. It would be reacted to emotionally. With fear that poses as anger which then is allowed to deny itself that it is fear. Or this idea is totally forgotten by the reader. Or twisted so that it makes no sense and there is no reaction at all. I went of on a bit of a tangent….kind of…. Anyway its stupid to think that we are the only thing conscious within our own bodies because we don’t need to know anything at all about our bodies for them to keep working and something with a high level of intelligence is constructing the dreams which we all (animals) experience. And the process that leads to realizing this very obvious and undeniable reality is currently called schizophrenia by Western academic psychology. There is a bit more to it than that but thats a decent amount of it…..I’m pretty sure….It’s hard remembering every detail in the moment. I’m always saying this one thing is the core of the idea remembering soon after another equally important part of the core. Oh. You don’t die. The set of associations that become habitual for the sake of an identity to present to others which is necessary for survival dies. You just think its you. Its really just a construction of limitations learned by the subconscious that is necessary to fit in with the group because the group is necessary for survival. Happy St. Patricks day.