Ko sem se zadnjič v neki knjigarni ognil dolgim policam poduhovljenega branja, mi je v roke skočila knjiga "Echart Tolle: A New Earth". Za razliko od poplave literature za ljudi, ki se iščejo v "frekvencah", "energijah", "svetlobi", žitnih krogih, vesoljcih in vsej drugi navlaki, Tolle ne prihaja v nasprotje ne z zdravo pametjo ne z znanostjo in ima kljub temu (ali pa prav zato) kaj povedati.
Po njegovem sta v nas dve entiteti - ena je ego (hrani se predvsem s tem, da imamo prav) in bolečnež (pain body), ki se hrani se s tem, da trpimo. In piše, da bo svet drugačen, nov, ko ju bomo spregledali.
Veliko vzporednic je s Heideggerjevo mislijo:
When you don’t cover up the world with words and labels, a sense of the miraculous returns to your life that was lost a long time ago when humanity, instead of using thought, became possessed by thought. A depth returns to your life. Things regain their newness, their freshness. And the greatest miracle is the experiencing of your essential self as prior to any words, thoughts, mental labels, and images. For this to happen, you need to disentangle your sense of I, of Beingness, from all the things it has become mixed up with, that is to say, identified with. That disentanglement is what this book is about.O potrošniški družbi:
The people in the advertising industry know very well that in order to sell things that people don’t really need, they must convince them that those things will add something to how they see themselves or are seen by others; in other words, add something to their sense of self.... in da deluje, ker ne deluje:
Paradoxically, what keeps the so called consumer society going is theAmpak če ste kot nasprotnik materializma ob branju zgornjega že začeli postajati ponosni nase, pozor. Tudi to je bil zgolj vaš ego. Namreč:
fact that trying to find yourself through things doesn’t work: The ego satisfaction is shortlived and so you keep looking for more, keep buying, keep consuming.
Renunciation of possessions, however, will not automatically free you of the ego. It will attempt to ensure its survival by finding something else to identify with, for example, a mental image of yourself as someone who has transcended all interest in material possessions and is therefore superior, is more spiritual than others. There are people who have renounced all possessions but have a bigger ego than some millionaires.In s čem se ego hrani:
There is nothing that strengthens the ego more than being right. Being right is identification with a mental position – a perspective, an opinion, aAli ni torej bloganje in komentiranje eno samo bildanje ega? Bloganje o zgodbah, o prepričanjih? Da o politiki ne govorimo. Blogarji, kaj menite?
judgment, a story. For you to be right, of course, you need someone else to be wrong, and so the ego loves to make wrong in order to be right. In other
words: you need to make others wrong in order to get a stronger sense of who you are.
The stronger the ego in you, the more likely it is that in your perception other people are the main source of problems in your life.O Resnici in resnici:
The Catholic and other churches are actually correct when they identify relativism, the belief that there is no absolute truth to guide human behavior, as one of the evils of our times ...... toda prebrati je treba do konca:
... but you won't find absolute truth if you look for it where it cannot be found: in doctrines, ideologies, sets of rules, or stories.O racionalni misli kot navlaki:
Most people's lives are cluttered up with things: material things, things to do, things to think about. Their lives are like the history of humanity, which Winston Churchill defined as “one damn thing after another.” Their minds are filled up with the clutter of thoughts one thought after another.Res, ena prekleta misel za drugo. Tole pa je primeren sklepni citat za čas volilne kampanje:
Most of the people who are in positions of power in this world, such as politicians, TV personalities, business as a well as religious leaders, are completely identified with their role, with a few notable exceptions. They may be considered VIPs, but they are no more than unconscious players in the egoic game, a game that looks so important yet is ultimately devoid of true purpose. It is, in the words of Shakespeare, “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Amazingly, Shakespeare arrived at this conclusion without having the benefit of television.Kdaj je že naslednje soočenje? Kdo so igralci svojih vlog in kdo so izjeme? Kdaj sem jaz igralec vloge in kdaj izjema?