Today’s “Meditations on Eckhart Tolle” quote is: “Nothing strengthens the ego more that being right. Being right is identification with a mental position—a perspective, an opinion, a 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. Not only a person but also a situation can be made wrong through complaining and reactivity.”
The secular process of individuation that makes you feel unique, or the driving need to be unique, to stand out, to be noticed and validate, creates the Ego or “I” as a fixed and stable point. For the “I” the stable leg of the compass is sunk in ME and every value expands outward from that compass leg. The closer to the dynamic center of Me, the more value things have. ME or “I” is the arbiter of value. “I” is the supreme value, and of supreme concern is the continuation of this “I” as something.
But the truth is that “I” and IT (that which “I” observes) is a fiction, a point in space outside of experience. Like Yahweh, “I” is outside of the whole creation. And then Jesus says: “Unless a seed falls on the ground and dies, it stands alone. If it dies it brings forth much fruit.” This seed is the I-IT, the Ego…this belief that the iThought is absolutely something.
Because the I-IT is just a fixed point in space, a view point, it must constantly validate itself by being right. To be wrong is to allow doubt to chip away at the stable compass leg, and it it falls or quivers, one’s whole world of value is questionable. Compass legs that are shaky invest in leaders and authorities that exude confidence in the compass leg, and so the big tent is created, and the authority becomes the compass leg of those under its umbrella. Now it is not just I who is right, but WE are right.
The modern secular materialistic world is in crisis because this great temple, this individual portable Dynamic Center of the individual ego is having a nervous breakdown in the face of rapid change. In order to survive, change must be embraced, which means the fixed position shored up by beliefs must be allowed to give.
The dying of the seed must begin at home in our everyday life, not objectively in someone else, in humanity, in society. The dying of the seed is subjective not objective. Others seeds must die—but not “I”— is just another way of being right.