On the cosmic scale, the strength of a being is not measured by its physical capability, but by its capacity to manipulate awareness. It follows that if we are to take the next evolutionary step, it must be done by means of discipline, determination, and strategy. Those are our weapons. In order to manipulate and understand the emanations which arrive to our senses, sorcerers develop the power of their attention, sharpening it through discipline to exquisite levels, which allow them to transcend human limitations and to fulfill all the possibilities of perception. Their concentration is so intense that they can penetrate the thick armor of appearances, and expose the essence of things. ~ Carlos Castaneda, Encounters with the Nagual
The only thing that prevents us from evolving into states of consistent, heightened awareness and transcendence of human limitations is ourselves. Oh how easy it is to consistently fall back into the stories and patterns that we have been taught to perceive! The force behind collective coercion is so strong, so reasonable and so unified. Well yeah, exactly why we chose the path of the warrior.