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Monday, December 14, 2009

On Light and the Ego

Occasional flashes of bright light produce a harmless jolt of terror and a metallic whiff of truth. It's fun like a haunted house is fun. Dig it.

Any extended period of bright light devastates. Honesty ravages the ego because the ego is a set of lies that needs just enough darkness to keep the inner narrative plausible and the self-esteem intact.

As a general rule I do not shine truth on others unless they abuse power. But one cannot know how truth works or how to wield it unless one first shines it on himself. The stakes must be high. To mitigate damage, the power of light should be used collectively -- from the many with less against the few with more, against the current, weak to strong, disenfranchised against establishment.

This game needn't be played, though. Beyond the ego lies enlightenment. We can just leave the ego behind. If it won't be left, we can set it ablaze and grow things in the fertile ashes.

4 Comments:

Blogger jorg wobblington lopez said...

I'm into setting things on fire, especially if it's the ego. I love the light. I suffer from iritis. I'm a masochist. That's an off rhyme. Are you working on your manifesto?

11:08 PM  
Blogger JMH said...

You could say that. I'm constantly repackaging the same ideas and repeating the same phrases in a slightly different order, hoping I'll accidentally hit on a combination that makes universal sense, sense out of the universe.

11:37 PM  
Blogger Kono said...

Greetings JMH, thanks for stopping by the lounge, been perusing the posts here and dig what i've been reading. thanks again for stopping in.

7:19 AM  
Blogger JMH said...

Hey, no problem. I enjoy what you write.

9:54 PM  

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