Achieve, attain, fight, struggle, succeed, have the drive, effort, ambition, compete, performance, conquer, beat someone… Important words to remember! and with that some key phrases and quotes to “live by:” 🙂
“I am going to teach you a lesson.” “I hate this thing, but I do it because I am good at it,” “time is money, “ “The glory is for the winner, “ “strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle,” “ First place is everything, second place is nothing,“ “if there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
A person living in our society will have those values at the end of his “training.” Those values are ingrained, part of the “survival of the fittest” mentality.
Our society praises those who have those qualities, thus we firmly believe those qualities to be “good.”
When someone is discovering some sort of “spirituality” for the first time, those values are magically transferred from the “mundane” into the “divine.”
We may not compete openly with others, but will show our worthiness by trying (meaning: struggling, being ambitious, making effort, etc.) to obtain heaven or being worth of being “saved.” We are an example, a walking show waiting for applauses and recognition, even though we openly deny it, for we want to look “humble.” 🙂
Our definition or concept of “good” must prevail, even though that may hurt others; we are “doing the right thing.” We are “conquering evil.”
The “hero” is the one who “protects others,” by killing others. Every country has a hero. The “good ones” are from “his” country, the “bad” ones, are not.
Once we awaken from those infantile belief systems, it is a shock. Your struggle is not worth a penny, even if you think it is; even if society supports those beliefs.
It is useless to try to change what naturally will change, for everything changes by itself… it may not be “your way” but there will be change. To try to control an outcome, is a disease of the “I.”
We learned that to struggle for some cause will give us a “reason to exist,” “legacy.”
All of that is “pure” ego.
Thinking that we are DOING a good action, is only feeding our ego.
Thinking that we are DOING the right thing, is only strengthening our “I.”
Fighting with others for supremacy, so we can teach them a lesson, is only feeding our hungry “I.”
Inner struggle to BE good rather than bad, is defining our ego based on society’s moral standards, the “office world,” the “mind world,” the “religious guilt trip.”
Someone who does not understand clearly the above, will say: “You are right. I will oppose society’s values. I will not conform to the machinery.”
The mind (ego) will go from one extreme into the other. The “I” is still well and alive. That is why, it does not matter what we DO, as long as the “I” is behind that action, for that action is not in harmony with the changes of Life, but it is ego driven.
Others will say: “ What you just said is very stupid. How can I get ahead, if I don’t have ambition?”
🙂 I haven’t said not to have ambition. I haven’t said that ambition is “good” or “bad.” The understanding of “black or white” statements only, is because we live in the mind.
AWARENESS of the “I” is not there yet.