chapter  3
Cessation of Becoming
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Why do normal people normally react with panic and horror to the idea of cessation of becoming or cessation of consciousness? There are at least two reasons. There is first the failure to see both sides of life, the negative destructive as well as the positive constructive, which are as it were the obverse and reverse of each piece of experience; a refusal to face the ambivalence of experience, and a putting on of blinkers to shut out, as far as one can, what is disturbing. It is by this that life is made to look nice, and appears tolerable. The process is largely automatic and subconscious, so it is mostly never enquired into. With the blinkers on one does not see what is unwelcome and one quickly forgets the unwelcome that intrudes.