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Recieved: 2000/03/26 13:38
Subject: Re: [K-list]Osho.. and the application of criticism
From: Ckress

On 2000/03/26 13:38, Ckress posted thus to the K-list:

From: ckressATnospamaol.com

In a message dated 03/26/2000 9:51:14 AM Pacific Standard Time,
meetjfATnospamemail.msn.com writes:

<< Smugness and egostical people always get to me. Probably because I used
 to have a large ego myself >>

There's nothing more self-deceptive than the myth that we can overcome or
change our inherent personality characteristics. Angelique recently humbly
praised me for my humility, LOL. Thanks, but truth is, I've never had
humility and I never will in this life. Genuinely humble souls are rare
jewels and I bow at their lotus feet, all the while congratulating myself for
being aware of how humble they are and how cool I am for honoring them. I
can't make it stop, I'm just programmed to be ridiculously, moronically proud
of myself. All I can do is be aware that I'm like that and admit it to
myself and to everyone else. Other people are never fooled long anyway.

The interesting thing is that admitting to a less-than-admirable quality and
really accepting it in ourselves makes it much less grating on other people's
nerves. The more you resign yourself to the fact that in certain ways you're
basically an idiot, the less you're inclined to beat yourself up for your
imperfections -- or engage in the futile campaign of trying to convince
others that you aren't the way you very obviously are.

I know that "ego" is a dirty word in the "spiritual" communities, but some of
my favorite people have egos the size of Alaska. To me, it's just part of
what gives them their vitality. The best ones are totally up front about it.
 They aren't the least bit ashamed to admit that if you look up "ego" in the
dictionary, you'll probably see their photograph there.

I don't mean by any of this that we should go out of our way to be raving
assholes. To me, the most artful balance is to do your best NOT to be a
schmuck, all the while realizing that you'll probably come across like one
regardless. Chances are slim that anybody else is going to take you
agonizingly seriously anyway.

That's my chunk of flaming wisdom for the day.




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