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Originally posted by Ansiroth
The problem isn't US. It is the EGO
The Ego is plainly, anything that the mind can identify its imaginary sense of self with. The ego is the part of the human mind that defends the things it likes against opposite opinions because it makes the ego feel diminished. Like if i told you flat out that you are wrong and an idiot-Your ego would snap back at me, rather conciously or unconciously, retorting that i am in fact wrong.
The sense of self, and not of the entirey is the problem, the ego is the problem. The ego seeks to seperate things, this is me, that is that. This belongs to me, this is my opinion, this is my story. Anything that has to do with me me my story my stuff my thoughts my opinion. This is all the ego, attempting to fill a mental void that cannot ever be satiated. The ego is not all bad, but many of its preoperties are the real reason we are the way we are. Really the egotistical problem we have is this.
MY religion is right, YOURS is wrong. MY political stance is right, YOURS is wrong. This is the ego at work. It doesn't allow the space for others to exist with oposing views, it seeks to discredit anything that is not itself soley for inflating itself.
The ego is the problem.
Originally posted by Mr. Toodles
Humans started off as Animals just like all other animals. They killed other things and fought eachother over food. We did not start with a Heart at all, much less a pure heart. What happened is ambition. Ego. Trade.
When trade first started, we saw the beginnings of a barter system. One person trying to screw another person out of their belongings. To get more for less. And that is when psychology was born and the art of manipulation.
Many thousands of years of the top people learning and refining the art of manipulation and all for the most primal of all human traits. Money, power and luxury. The rest of humanity SEES these top ones get to the top because of this. They therefore mimic it, and try to screw anyone and everyone out of their things. Although the bottom feeders haven't been let in on the ancient art of manipulations most prized secrets and, therefore are seen as just bad people.
There you have it. People are not evil. The barter system and monetary system is what makes it seem that way.
*Is an infant child born with bad properties, like corruption greed etc... or are these properties being brought out of the human because of the structure of society ?