When we consider the phrases "natural enemy" or "arch enemy," we perhaps remember someone who betrayed our trust, someone who caused us physical or emotional harm, or someone whom we view as a threat to our safety and security. It never occurs to us that any aspect of our humanity can betray our trust, cause us harm, and threaten our safety and security.
In fact, the physical mind and brain are the natural enemies of the soul and spirit. The mind and brain are concerned with physical survival, and consider only what serves the physical aspects of our humanity. The inherent corruption of the mind and brain is designed to close our eyes to our spiritual realities. In a society governed almost exclusively by the mind and brain, the fittest members experience temporary physical "survival."
In contrast, the soul and spirit are committed to physical as well as spiritual survival, and also to group survival. They know that when the group survives, each individual soul and spirit also survives.
Self-destruction is inevitable in a society ruled by the brain and mind, unless they come to the realization that the soul and spirit are not the arch enemy of the brain and mind. They are designed to be co-leaders, existing in a state of mutuality. The goal must be survival, not to the exclusion of others, but instead, within the context of a paradigm that embraces all, including the weakest members of that society or institution.
Reconciling the mind and brain with the soul and spirit is an arduous, but not impossible, task. It involves closely examining the motivation that underlies every thought, and refusing to allow the thought to permeate our humanity, or our emotions and actions, unless it serves the best interests of all.