All human beings are at the same level. At the beginning of my
apprenticeship with Don Juan Matus, he tried to make me see how common
man's situation is. I, as a South American, was very involved,
intellectually, with the idea of social reform.
One day I asked Don Juan what I thought was a deadly question: How can
you remain unmoved by the horrendous situation of your fellow men, the
Yaqui Indians of Sonora? I knew that a certain percentage of the
Yaqui population suffered from tuberculosis and that, due to their
economic situation, they couldn't be cured.
"Yes," Don Juan said, "It's a very sad thing but, you see, your
situation is also very sad, and if you believe that you are in better
condition than the Yaqui Indians you are mistaken. In general the
human condition is in a horrifying state of chaos. No one is better
off than another. We are all beings that are going to die and, unless
we acknowledge this, there is no remedy for us."
-- Carlos Castaneda, http://www.castaneda.com
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