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“No problem can be solved with the same consciousness that created it”. Several questions remain answered till this day. The creation of the universe is one of the greatest unanswered questions. Many came up with an answer but none of which were satisfactory. Another question that could be asked is what makes us ask a question like these. Humans are aware of the environment around them but how much they understand is dependent on our consciousness. The amount of reality that could be comprehended is determined by our consciousness. In Homo religious, Armstrong shows how human beings are affected by the state of consciousness they have. Curiosity and Circumstances let humans amend their consciousness to an extent which is necessary for either survival or until a satisfactory solution has been found or established. Modification of human being’s state of consciousness is a result of circumstances thrown at individuals. Circumstances force one’s individuality to transcend itself and amend into a mature form of intelligence. It also invokes them to conceive new patterns for survival. Boys in ancient religion had to undergo a severe test for them to be considered as a man in the tribe. The test obligated the boys to reach inside themselves to surpass the conditions set before them. The boy is introduced to the Animal Hunter during this initiation and must learn the connection between the hunter and the prey. “In these extraordinary circumstances, separated from everything familiar, he is pushed into a new state of consciousness that enables him to appreciate the profound bond that links hunter and prey in the common struggle for survival” (Armstrong 5). The purpose of such test is that the boy initiates his test with a mindset of an immature, unaware of the real-world boy and at the end, he has the knowledge of survival in the cruel world. He appreciates the very existence of himself and everyone around him which enables him to take all actions to serve to his tribe. His consciousness transcends from being naïve of his environment to admiring the reality around him. This could not be achieved by the logical interpretation of the truth around him but by putting him through rigid circumstances as executed by ancient religion. Hunting and surviving was the only knowledge available for survival in the ancient era. Until 9000 BCE, humans survived by hunting and feeding themselves with the flesh of other animals. Staying alive on such method was threatening for their existence which gave them the incentive to enhance their food source. “Tilling the fields became a ritual that replaced the hunt, and the nurturing Earth took the place of the Animal Master” (Armstrong 7). Agriculture was the development in 9000 BCE that altered the food source for humanity. Survival became easier because the human consciousness of depending on the Animal Master for sending animals was substituted by being able to cultivate their own food. Humans developed a new skill of self-sustenance which was an inkling to their consciousness for them to progress in the world. Human beings had to amend their consciousness because of the circumstances thrown at them, so setting themselves in harsh settings transcends their individuality into a better and mature one. Boys were put through these settings to better understand the reality and human race had to invent new methods to gather food to survive. Both in both cases, the drive behind the change was circumstances which led to the modification of consciousness.  Curiosity leads a person to explore uncharted segments of reality. It enables them in asking questioning everything around them. It changes the consciousness of a human being from ignoring the existence of life to taking actions to find the ultimate truth of reality. Brahmin priests developed a theory of the ultimate reality and called it Brahman. Brahman was the energy that held the entire universe together which could not be comprehended by mortal creatures because it is considered to be everything that ever existed. “The contestants began by going on a retreat in the forest, where they performed spiritual exercises, such as fasting and breath control, that concentrated their minds and induced a different type of consciousness” (Armstrong 9). People were so curious about the ultimate reality that to understand it, they went out of the norm in a forest to find the truth. Curiosity let them take radical steps of abandoning their families and the civilization to advance their consciousness to a level where Brahman was understandable. Consciousness was enhanced by the person’s choice and curiosity in finding the ultimate truth. The person was fully responsible for any change in consciousness that occurred during the process of discovering the meaning of Brahman. The “High God” myth shared certain aspects of Brahman. He was defined to be the creator of the world and was remembered by people in times of disaster. When times got better, he was forgotten by people. In different cultures, he is blamed for all the negative effects and disasters in the world. This myth was created by people to explain the creation of the universe. “As one of the later hymns of the Rig Veda insists, nobody—not even the highest deva—could explain how something had issued from nothing” (Armstrong 11). The creation story never gave a complete answer for the ultimate reality which kept people in search of the truth. Since the “High God” myth did not give a satisfactory answer, people grew more curious about the truth. It enabled rishis to find another answer that would be satisfactory to them. “In the tenth century, another Indian rishi suggested that the world had been set in motion by a primordial sacrifice…” (Armstrong 12). Life creation from a sacrifice was another answer to ultimate reality which was another result of a person being curious to find an answer. The curiosity of finding an answer led people to fabricate these theories. Curiosity forced consciousness to search for an answer to this question. Curiosity drove people to civilization and isolate themselves from society, changing their consciousness from being satisfied with the reality they had long known and modifying it to find an adequate answer. People acted and reshaped their consciousness because of this curiosity. Curiosity and Circumstances make a person better aware of their surroundings which is necessary for either the survival or for the solution of a certain question. Throwing a person into a harsh and extraordinary situation where there are life-threatening circumstances will enable a person to modify their consciousness and make it better to survive the situation in front of them. Curiosity also allows a person to shape their consciousness to the extent where they can find a satisfactory answer or achieve the experience they are looking for. Both works differently, Circumstances forces a person to amend their consciousness while amending Consciousness is the path towards the satisfaction of a Curiosity. A person can choose to be put in a situation where they achieve a higher sense of awareness and hence can control the extent to which they can design their consciousness. Curiosity just opens the mind to many new possibilities and pursuing it could lead to distinct points of self-awareness. It is up to the people to decide if they want to change or not. Circumstances would arise and be giving up on them or be getting through them is a choice that must be made by every individual. Every circumstance has something to be learned from and it could help shape a person character and consciousness. Pursuing and acting upon the curiosity is also a choice to be made by an individual. It will help them shape their character and give more control over designing their consciousness. Everything comes down to a choice of either doing it, getting through the problem and being more self-aware or giving up on them and missing the opportunity to control their own consciousness.