Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Looking forward to the Future?

Unless we act, unless we take over the world, the children that are growing up now are lost. Vapid, excessive, egomaniacle, cynical. And they need our help.

-tat tvam asi

"Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk... If there is anything we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves." -Carl Jung

The Pathological Ego (Ego = false image of one's self)

In a wider sense of the word, the ego itself is pathological, no matter what form it takes. When we look at the ancient Greek root of the world pathological, we discover just how appropriate that term is when applied to the ego. Although the word is normally used to describe a condition of disease, it is derived from pathos, which means suffering. This is, of course, exactly what the Buddha already discovered 2,600 yrs ago as a characteristic of the human condition.

A person in the grip of ego, however, does not recognize suffering as suffering, but will look upon it as the only appropriate response in any given situation. The ego in its blindness is incapable of seeing the suffering it inflicts on itself and others. Unhappiness is an ego-created mental emotional disease that has reached epidemic proportions. It is the equilvalent of the enviromental pollution of our planet.

[excerpt from A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle]


At 6:02 PM, Blogger Joey Polanski said...

Lego a my ego.


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