Humankind cannot bear very much reality. ~ T.S. Eliot
The mind is an ethereal organ, functionally bifurcated into a problem-solving utility (willmind) and a domineering deceiver (nattermind).
Nattermind endeavors to bind consciousness to the mind-body using the ropes of emotions and convince you that you are nothing more than a biological beast, with no more destiny than being bound to a body subject to decay and death. Nattermind is then delighted to compensate for this dismal prospect with countervailing delusions of hope.
The mind is a cheat. The more pious it seems, the worse the betrayal. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj
To their abiding ignorance and sustained suffering, the Collective endlessly indulge nattermind. Nattermind nonsense propagates through populations, spawning belief systems which ossify into ideologies and religions. People naïvely believe what others believe. Thus, the foundation of civilization is foolery.
What fools these mortals be! ~ William Shakespeare
Spokes of the Wheel continues with Book 6: The Fruits of Civilization.