Posted by ButchO on 4/20/2011, 8:26 am, in reply to "words"
: ButchO, I like well-said words, like these of
: yours, that express much with simple
: "The ego cannot see beyond itself.
: Transcendent insight only comes about when
: the ego is transcended. Not destroyed, seen
And I too often find your words quite eloquent.
imo rat is feigning playing the devil's advocate here. That is I detect a certain defensiveness in his words where the ego is concerned. He seems to be struggling with something but I as yet have not been able to get him to share his angst in any way I can get a handle on. rat is a pretty smart rat where the maze of the ego is concerned. Maybe a little too smart for his own good.
Such is the nature of the ego left to its own devices. His, mine, and yours. We are all to a degree, no matter how enlightened in our spirit or sophisticated in our thinking, products of our environment. Even the Buddha had a hard time getting a handle on the equality of women. We all have our inconsistencies. None of us are perfect, at least very few to date, where our integration of Being and Becoming are concerned.
I think it is a mistake to become anal about anything. To over'anal'ize anything. To make much ado about nothing. Of course I never make such a mistake. No I don't. Ok, well, there was this one time but until rat comes clean I ain't saying nothing.
About rat's buddy that died in Vietnam. Obviously his death still haunts rat. Perhaps 'haunts' is too strong a word. Still concerns rat. The only thing I can think of to say is that ultimately we were never born and so cannot die for we are essentially energy. Spirit if you will. A reality that transcends the body/mind complex. The process of our being is eternal. We are the process. We are the Tao.
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