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What is Ego Anyway? Part 2 Guilt

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(See Comic) Ego worships at the altar of separation. And the elixir of its seeming life is guilt. Guilt demands punishment. But the ultimate punishment, even if it were possible, is not death (oblivion, annihilation). The ultimate punishment is slow, painful torture. Only guilty minds can suffer. And in everyday life, people tortured by their own sense of burdensome guilt are often led to things like murder and suicide--either directly or indirectly--believing that death will absolve them of their guilt. But belief in death doesn’t make it true. So, where does guilt come from anyway? Well, guilt is ultimately traceable to a fear of God. If the ego were a tattoo, it would say “I Fear God.” The ego promotes the idea that you are in competition with God and that God is out to get you; that belief keeps the ego alive. But the ego says that you can atone for your guiltiness through suffering and sacrifice, or by pawning your guilt off onto others (scapegoating). That way God will be easy on you and he can direct his wrath on to others. Theists "God is out to get you!" The big three religions of the world, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, all have at their root, a God with a punishing intent who demands sacrifice. Is that a coincidence? Nope; it is instead merely the inevitable result of building religion on the ego belief in guilt. Let’s look at Christianity as an example. Christianity teaches things like that God sends people to hell, that God made this dualistic world, that Jesus was literally God’s only son and by killing him as a sacrificial victim our sins are atoned for (all we have to do is accept Jesus as our savior). But really, all that stuff is straight from the ego’s playbook of guilt. It’s all about believing in guilt and then shifting it around (projecting it). That isn’t the kind of stuff Jesus taught. Jesus taught things like that God is pure love and that the prodigal son (you), who tried to makes his own world separate from his father’s (God), will be welcomed back completely by his father whenever he stops guiltily and insanely fearing his father. So, there is this dreadful dichotomy in Christianity between what Jesus actually taught and what the ego wants to warp it into. And similar dichotomies exist in all religions. No one needs to project guilt unless there is already a belief in guilt within. Overall, ego uses religion to project guilt. And by projecting guilt, that sustains the ego. The best way to manipulate people into doing something is to make them feel guilty. Then you offer them a way of getting rid of that guilt. Religions are great at that. “Sacrifice a thousand dollars a year to me and God won’t kill you.” Atheists "Nature is out to get you!" Now, of course, some people don’t believe in God. That’s convenient. What better way to get rid of the God problem than to kill off God psychologically? But does that get rid of the God guilt? Nope; it is still there; atheists suffer from God guilt just like everybody else. Although an atheist may not fear that God is out to get him, he still fears things like that nature or other people are out to get him. It is the same guilt and fear based psychology either way, only the symbols are different. And so atheists project guilt like everybody else. And one place atheists like to project guilt is on to those foolish God believers. Since most religious doctrine is very contradictory and hard to swallow logically, it only makes sense that any half way intelligent person would have a hard time accepting a lot of it. Nonetheless, just because the dominant theories about God are rather lame when scrutinized doesn’t mean there is no God. Instead what it means is that we need better theories about God. And the first step to a good theory about God is to get rid of the idea that God made this universe. Because, if God made this universe, then there’s no getting around the fact that God must be a crazy, sadistic bastard. And who wouldn’t fear that? Making God responsible for the world is just a subtle way of projecting Guilt onto God. A better theory is that ego made this universe so it could pretend it is God. Whereas God is oneness and wholeness, the ego is duality and separation. Does this universe seem like it is made of oneness and wholeness or duality and separation? If we think of the universe as being made by ego instead of God then what the universe becomes is simply a giant case of psychological projection. The Projected Universe Guilt recycling center

What is Ego Anyway? Part 1 Projection and Identification

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(See Comic) What is Ego Anyway? Part 1 Projection and Identification People use the word ego all the time. And different people define it in very different ways. Some define it in a Freudian sense. Some define it in a Buddhist sense. Some people define it in their own sense…loosely and vaguely. Some people think of ego as a good thing because to them it means strength. Some people think of ego as a bad thing because to them it means selfishness. And some people think of it as a neutral thing that you should just be friends with. For the sake of this comic we are going to define ego as a kind of inner belief upon which a person makes decisions. This inner belief can be summed up as a belief in guilt (fear) and separation (duality). Thus, all decisions made with the ego ultimately involve guilt and separation in some way. Guilt and separation go hand in hand because guilt sustains separation. Psychological Projection In psychology, there is something known as psychological projection. Psychological projection is a defense mechanism whereby a person attributes his or her own unwanted thoughts and emotions to somebody or something else. In other words, people use psychological projection to seemingly “separate” themselves from things they feel “guilty” about. Psychological Identification The opposite of psychological projection could be described as psychological identification. Psychological identification is a kind of selective blindness whereby a person identifies her or his self with certain desirable people, groups, and things. In other words, people use psychological identification to seemingly “join” themselves with things they feel represent “guiltlessness.” I love babies, puppies, and flowers. But I hate most people. Psychological projection and identification are two sides of the same dualistic coin. Both are tools for dealing with guilt through separation. Thus, both are tools of the ego. A truly guiltless person is egoless. The whole appeal of having an ego and making decisions with it is that ego claims to have solutions for dealing with guilt. However, it is ego itself that says you are guilty in the first place. So, basically, the ego tells you that you are guilty and then it offers you a solution to seemingly get rid of your guilt. But all the ego really is is a shyster. Coming Next: Part 2, Where Does Guilt Come From?