Someone sent the following rather cynical quote to me:
“Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.”
I do not know how accurate those percentages are. However, I do believe that of the people that actually do think, only one in a thousand actually discern. Combine that with the fact that Adi Shankara said that the spiritual path is the path of discernment and the state of humanity becomes clear.
Discernment is not only the path, but also the goal… integration of all levels and aspects of your being… integration of thoughts and emotions with what lies deeper.