The problem is that we think we can. But we do not grasp the full nature of the problem.
Ever since we were young children we have learned to fabricate our personality for the purposes of living in a flawed, unfair and abnormal world. We did this to protect our inner world (essence) and were given the unique brain design to create such a psychical division—into outer and inner.
However, over time, such a strategy becomes so habitual (second nature) that we begin to believe that our outer, fabricated personality is our real consciousness and life. Meanwhile, our real inner essence starts to doze off and doesn’t notice the change. So even when we grow up and read enlightening books, go to church, or try to be a positive force in the world, we usually end up only changing one fabricated personality (mask) for another. As long as we can identify the mask from the real person, the cosmic battle between love and evil remains a non-issue.
It is the inner person that first needs to be changed, but which has been gradually covered over by our outer, artificial behavior. We underestimate the power of our fabricated personality because we identify ourselves with it under life’s current conditions. This false and contrived personality stands guard to make sure nothing unflattering reaches our inner world and interferes with its illusions and dreaming.
This is why people on earth fail to change anything for the better in spite of their seemingly best efforts and intentions. Evidence of human self-delusion in these matters is always demonstrated by our insistence on pointing a finger at others as being the source of any problem. Or, by creating (hiding behind) grand philanthropic institutions to “titillate” our inner world and protect it from discovering anything that is self-disconcerting.
This artificial activity blinds us to our own flaws—which are myriad and the real obstacle to a better world. Discovering these flaws is like discovering a hornet’s nest inside the walls of your house. Such self-discovery can have a stinging effect because it attacks our made-up self-esteem and self-importance.
However, as uncomfortable as the process of self-examination is (breaking into the walls of your inner house or spirit), it is the only way to find inner sincerity and a chance of becoming real. And only when you are real can you begin to help the Lord God provide you with a new spiritual life.
In the future, institutions (including religions) will be created, not to merely comfort us, but rudely strip us of our masks and illusions and wake us up!