In ancient times, it seems that Men lived in mainly in a 'clairvoyant' consciousness; that is, Men did not regard thought as coming from themselves, but as 'inspiration' breathed-in from the gods.
Instead of Man thinking, the gods thought in ancient Man.
This required Man's thinking to be open to the gods - and this openness happened naturally, spontaneously - and indeed it could not be blocked.
Through history, 'the self' became more dominant in thinking - leading to the 'modern condition' of the self being almost-solely aware of itself: being trapped in Consciousness-of-Consciousness.
This can be envisaged as a divine plan for Man to become more free, that is to say more creative and originative of his own thinking.
But although that was the plan - it seldom happens; because it requires modern Men choosing to resume belief-in/ knowledge-of/ communication-with 'the gods' - whereas modern Man's assumption is that there are no gods, and 'the spiritual' is subjective, hence unreal.
To escape the subjective misery of CofC isolation; modern Man has again opened his thinking - but this time voluntarily.
But modern Man denies the reality of the gods. To what, then, is modern Man opening his mind?
The answer is that he has opened his thinking to The System: to bureaucracy, corporations and the mass media.
Instead of Man thinking, The System thinks in modern Man.
In Sum: Whereas ancient Man experienced the gods thinking in him; modern Man experiences The System thinking in him.
Where ancient Man's mind was spontaneously and unstoppably open to the gods - and his choice was between gods (i.e. between angels or demons, God or Satan); modern Man's mind is open to Totalitarian Propaganda - and his choice is between today's permissible variations in the message (i.e. between Labour/ Democrat or Conservative/ Republican; between focusing on antiracism, birdemic-healthism or the transagenda).
Thus; when modern Man thinks - he is trapped in the closed-loop of fluctuating hypothetical models; when he tries to escape into communal solidarity he stops thinking - and his mind is opened to totalitarian propaganda.
For as long as 'the gods' and 'the spirit' are rejected-by-assumption; for so long, modern Man's mind will oscillate between a prison-of-mirrors, and an open sewer for evil.