Sunday, August 24, 2014

Are "epic missions" ego dramas?

Does the ego hide even in what appears to be well meaning commitments to save humanity from itself?  Isn't this just a savior complex?  We "wish to liberate all beings in samsara".  We want to save the world.  But does it need saving?  And are we truly here to save people from themselves?  This is what many religious zealots think.  They must "save" the fallen.

Surely we must pluck the log out of our own eye before we can help remove the speck from our neighbors eye! (Luke 6:41,42; Matthew 7:3,4)  And even when our vision is clear our neighbor may not want our help; they may not agree with our pronouncements!  Truly, we must save ourselves first, and them perhaps others will come to us if they need our assistance!

Sharka Todd

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