Seth: “Now, each of you, to some degree or another, believe that the universe is not safe, and therefore you must set up your defences against it,” Seth said one summer evening. “Now, the one-line official consciousness with which you are familiar says, “The world is not safe. I cannot trust it. Nor can I trust the conditions of experience, or the conditions of my own existence. Nor can I trust myself. I can look at a squirrel and rejoice, but I cannot look at myself and rejoice, for lo I am filled with iniquity, and I am, to some extent, evil, and I must hide myself. I am not only evil, as myself, but I come from a tainted and flawed race, and my father and my mother are tainted before me, and I send those tragic flaws before me into the future, and therefore I must need protect myself, and I must set up my defence in whatever way I can, to protect myself in a universe that I cannot trust, and to protect myself from a self that is evil and flawed.
"You have an entire civilisation and world set up about those beliefs I have just given you: that the universe is not safe; that you must defend yourselves from enemies that come from without, and worst of all, from enemies that are within. And so indeed do you feel uneasy, and set up your barriers, and run as fast as you can, in whatever way given you, from those enemies that are the result of a one-line official consciousness.
"As long as you believe that you dwell in a universe that is a threat, you must defend yourself against it. As long as you believe that the self is flawed, and that your race is damned and evil, you must defend yourself against yourself, and how can you then trust the voice of the psyche?
"And when I say to you, "Be spontaneous, " how dare you take that step, when to be spontaneous would obviously give rise to all the lust, and all the passion, and all the murder, and all the hatred, to you quite obviously inherent in the human heart? And so you say, "I will try to be spontaneous, but how can I? I believe that I am good, but how can I be good when I come from a race that is evil?"
You try to say, “The universe is safe,” and then you watch the news on television, or you read the newspaper and you say, “What lie is this? How can the universe be safe when I read about wholesale murder, and war, and trickery, and greed? How can I be myself, for if I am myself, will I not unleash unto the world only more of the horror that I see about me, for surely human nature cannot change, and human nature is evil. Look what evil it has already worked upon the planet in which I have my existence; then tell me, Seth, be spontaneous. What do you ask of me, and how can I therefore in this context stand upon the authority of my own psyche and say, “I insist that I am good?”
"The official line of consciousness forms a world about it, and you perceive and experience that world, and it will always show you the results of the beliefs that are inherent in the official line of consciousness. While you devote yourself to that official line of consciousness, the world will always appear the same: evil, disastrous, bound only for damnation, whether through nuclear destruction, or the greater judgement of a fundamental god."
Conversations with Seth, book one, chapter 12, pages 234-235