“You believe that because you’re thinking. You’re thinking about life,” don Juan said with a glint in his eyes. “You’re not seeing.”
“Would I feel differently if I could see?” I asked
“Once a man learns to see he finds himself alone in the world with nothing but folly,” don Juan said cryptically. . .
“Your acts, as well as the acts of your fellow men in general, appear to be important to you because you have learned to think they are important. . .
“We learn to think about everything,” he said, “and then we train out eyes to look as we think about the things we look at. We look at ourselves already thinking that we are important. And therefore we’ve got to feel important! But then when a man learns to see, he realized that he can no longer think about the things he looks at, and if he cannot think about what he looks at everything becomes unimportant.”
–Castaneda, A Separate Reality: Further Conversations With Don Juan