"Four enemies of man" by Don Juan Castaneda, in what order and why?
According to the "Teachings of Don Juan" Carlos Castaneda (a student of the magician) "deduced" the term "four enemies of man."
They go in order and that is how they arise in a person, in this sequence.
So first, in the learning process, there is Fear... At the same time, a person must defeat him in order to go further and receive new knowledge.
As a result of this victory, a person begins to feel that there are no secrets for.
It is at this time that the second enemy appears - this is Clarity.
It is clarity that can "blind" him, that is, he no longer doubts himself and is convinced that he sees everything through and through.
If it is simple that if this enemy overcomes him, then he will have nothing to strive for and will never learn anything again.
If he starts a fight with her, then one beautiful "morning" he will notice that it was only an illusion, but a third enemy will appear in front of him - this Force.
Strength he must conquer by understanding.
The very last and invincible enemy is Old age.
Although old age cannot be defeated, if a person defeated the first 3 enemies in himself, then he is already a person of knowledge and therefore he can delay his defeat.
Enemies of man on the way to Knowledge, according to Don Juan:
- Old age.
If you look closely, these four enemies are arranged in this order in waves, according to the degree of emotionality, expressiveness, in descending order. In general, it is logical. But why out of fear? Well, probably because a lot of new things in this life begin with fear. The feeling and emotion of fear they are driving, pushing under the ass, and they are also able to enter into a stupor in front of the unknown, the new. The fear of "starting" is like a handbrake that a novice driver forgets about.
- He took the "first step" and went along the chosen "Path" and defeated "Fear".
- He took off the rose-colored glasses of his self-charm and defeated Clarity.
- Realized that you are not the "navel of the earth", accepted this and switched to "cruising speed", defeated "Force" and became a "Man of Knowledge".
- Well, with the "Old Age" you will have to "fight" until the very "Death", until one of you convinces the other that, however, it is already "Time".
So I understand.