“If in the evolution of consciousness we include the growth of consciousness out of the unconscious, it is evidently impossible completely, or even significantly, to plan what the next stage of consciousness will be. Consciously developed plans may affect the next stage of consciousness but they themselves will not define it. What will define the new stages will be their relationship not simply to our conscious planning but, more basically, their relationship to the unconscious organization underlying our conscious planning. We had better do our conscious planning humbly, paying attention not only to what we think we can make ourselves to be but to what we really are. Out of what we are, and our relationship to what we are, comes the future. Discovering what we are and acknowledging what we are has never been easy for human beings. It is always an ongoing project.”
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