For our ego, our social environment plays a big role.
This environemt has to sharpen our senses through appropriate stimuli and impulses. But the variety of what our eyes see, what our ears hear, what our hands feel, what our body feels, impresses us so much that our spiritual longing for material wealth and enjoyment awakens within us. By chasing after goods and directing all our forces to acquire them, we lose our inner balance.
Our thinking and feeling can easily be distracted to external reality. Due to this one-sided orientation, we are increasingly losing contact with our inner self.
We suppress our inner voice, which wants us to draw attention by bad moods, lack of motivation or stress, that something is wavering, but we tend to suppress these voices.
So our consciousness gradually becomes numb and blind.