"(...) this is the single most important thing that we can ever attain. The knowledge of our own Self. And yet there are a frightening amount of people who seem to have the urge to not just ignore the Self but actually seem to have the urge to obliterate themselves. This is horrific but you can almost understand the desire to simply wipe out that awareness, because it is too much of a responsibility to actually possess such a thing as a soul; w if you brake it what if you lose it?
Might it not be best to anaesthetize it, to deaden it, to destroy it, to not have to live with the pain of struggling towards it and trying to keep it pure. I think that the way that people immerse themselves in alcohol, in drugs in television in any of the addictions that our culture throws up can be seen as a deliberate attempt to destroy any connection between themselves and the responsibility of accepting and having a higher Self and then having to maintain it."

Alan Moore