The nature of ego has been known to mankind since ancient times. Hindus sought to suppress it, Buddhists sought to walk a middle path of semi-acceptance, and Kabbalists embraced it as a natural and necessary part of our evolution. Christians, Jews, and Muslims seem to live in opposition to the teachings in their sacred texts by embracing, perhaps even celebrating the magnificence of the ego.
Ego has assisted both the rise and the fall of many empires throughout history; telling us that in spite of the warnings and instructions that were given to the world in ages past, people have chosen to live robustly from their ego.
Today the world appears to be at another peak in the expression and experience of ego. Some believe that we are in the end times and that the world as we know it is about to physically self-destruct. Others believe that we are in a period of awakening that will lead us into an age of peace and harmony. Regardless of what one chooses to believe, there is palpable tension everywhere and it is most certainly related to the collective ego of the world at this point in time.
One thing is certain; this is an amazing and interesting time to be alive. We are seeing the convergence of science and spiritual thought. Quantum physics is discovering unseen laws of the universe that support the spiritual wisdom which has been handed down through the ages. Scientific egos everywhere are in turmoil as they rally behind their intellect, looking not to prove the Universe is One but, to prove that everything is and always was separate, in spite of evidence to the contrary.
The world is also witness to a spiritual explosion of awakening to Oneness. As people recognize their connection to, and influence upon everything, both animate and inanimate, they are choosing less consumptive more earth friendly lifestyles. The impact of this change is felt in everything from food, manufacturing and housing, to medicine, education and politics.
It’s as if the world is completing a giant circle; from knowing we must beware of our ego, into a time where we have lived by our ego until recent awareness that the pain has become too great to continue, many are now heading back into a period of knowing again.
If this is in fact what we are witnessing then it would seem prudent to investigate how an awakening world can grow peacefully within an ailing egoistic society. Recognizing that ego is the veil that separates the illusionary physical world from the eternal spiritual world, we know that ego will always be a part of life on earth. We may find that the best solution has already been given to us in the Buddhist Way of the Middle Path.
Yet, one wonders how recent scientific discoveries might change the dynamics of our world. If in fact our world is like a never ending hologram, will the technology of the future will be mechanical, conscious, or both. In a mechanical world we already know the ego turns greedy, based on past experience. But science is telling us that the hologram or energy matrix that has been discovered is influenced by emotion. We might find that the egoistic mind will seek to enslave others more capable of producing the desired emotions. Of course, the other option is that in a world that can be manipulated with emotion, or thoughts, the enlightened have an unfair advantage regardless of position, power, education or just about anything else.
As the world enters a new age it appears that it will carry with it the same underlying problems it has always experienced, dressed in different attire. The goal remains the same throughout eternity; learn from one’s mistakes and strive for better next time.