11 comments on “Strife and Peace

  1. I’ve known a few contrarians, and I agree that the source of their (false) righteousness and indignation is pride. The interesting question is where does pride come from? I believe the answer is fear. At an early age, people choose a path to protecting their ego, a mental construct that acts as a defense of their individuality while simultaneously causing their separation from Spirit. Some choose accommodation, others compromise, still others withdraw completely, and some seek to dominate and control others. But the most insidious form of ego protection is pride. Early in life, a prideful person learns that by asserting the superiority of their position, they are able to fool those who are weaker than they are. Over time, winning becomes an addiction, and they take up less and less defensible positions to prove to themselves their own superiority. Why must the ego be protected? The root of the attachment to ego is fear. In the case of the prideful, they most fear being revealed as inferior, as not being worthy of respect. Like all sinful behaviors, the path away from them is the dissolution of the ego and the recognition that one is a manifestation of Spirit.

  2. I was going to comment earlier, but then I thought that might mean I’m prideful, and then I started taking inventory of all my comments here, and on other blogs, and my own entries, and…now my head hurts; not a big deal, just an observation. Thanks for the post (and the opportunity to do a self/gut-check).

  3. I know when im wrong i just don’t always admit it. Maybe I should. We can always find something to learn from one another if we are willing to be open to the possibility that everyone has the potential to teach us something even through their abrasive reactions to our comments. Love the flowers. Utterly gorgeous. I will never miss an opportunity to thank God for our wonderful world

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