When looking into philosophy, I was given this book as a gift. The initial pages had me re-reading back, just to make sure I was grasping the concepts through these chapters. It challenged my perceptions of programmed thought processes, social behaviours, religion and brought it all down to the ego.
This book with no doubt has been one of the most influential reads in my life, as though it was putting puzzle pieces into place. Not to say it would be as affective to everyone any anyone, but from where I was seeing things, it helped add new dimensions to viewing the world and it’s belief systems. The word ego can be described in many ways. The self, the dark side, the alter-ego, the mind, the devil, big-headedness. Those being said, it isn’t always a character but it does feed on attention to ‘self’ to maintain presence. The book also highlights the practice of meditation and mindfullness to quieten the mind, because in mediation, it’s letting go… of that ego and the desire to manifest within it.
It is when we are trapped in incessant streams of compulsive thinking that the universe really disintegrates for us, and we lose the ability to sense the interconnectedness of all that exists.
― Eckhart Tolle,
I disagree with letting the ego go in some circumstances. Maybe I’ll look back on this and shake my head, but the ego can provide that positive fighting tool in the times of need. It’s that motivation, a hedonistic one, but a fighting survival tool to get up and carry on when inhabited in a negative environment. Where others feed on negativity, bounce it off with that positive ego. When depleted, it’ll feel harder to bounce back.
Find out your own perspective by reading the book, or not.