Do we really want freedom ?

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Do we really want freedom ?

Post by Phil2 » Sat Oct 25, 2014 3:02 pm

What we are all looking for is 'unconditional love' ... ie. love for what we ARE and not for what we 'DO' ...

Unfortunately most of us, in our childhood, tried to find others recognition and love by conforming ourselves to what other people (primarily our parents but afterwards society) expected from us ... we did our best efforts to please those people and not be rejected (for a child being rejected is awful, it means death literally) ... this is why we became second-hand persons, inauthentic persons, wearing social masks ...

And this is also why we became 'neurotic', saying 'yes' when we mean 'no and 'no' when we mean 'yes' ... split personalities ...

What we are looking for is to retrieve authenticity from our early age (childhood) ... before being corrupted by this defense system called ego which manifests itself as compulsive thought ... unfortunately our defense system will resist to and fight this dramatic change towards freedom, because ego does not want freedom, ego prefers to stay in the prison of the known, the beliefs, the opinions, the social conformism and status, the knowledge, where ego finds an illusional security.
"What irritates us about others is an opportunity to learn on ourselves"
(Carl Jung)

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Re: Do we really want freedom ?

Post by Webwanderer » Sat Oct 25, 2014 7:48 pm

I submit that there is more to ego than you suggest. While ego can certainly be problematic in its delusion of its flexible identifications, at its heart it is simply a perspective - and a versatile one at that. Its value is that consciousness can explore experiential realities through its adaptive perspectives and uniqueness. Ego is a beautiful thing. But then so too is an exploding volcano.


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