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“Ego is a social institution with no physical reality. The ego is simply your symbol of yourself. Just as the word ‘water’ is a noise that symbolizes a certain liquid without being it, so too the idea of ego symbolizes the role you play, who you are, but it is not the same as your living organism.”
-Alan Watts

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“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”
-Thomas Merton

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10 Facts About Our Society That We Oddly Accept As Normal

We prioritize money and the economy over basics like air, water, food quality, our environment and our communities.

We utilize an economic trading system that facilitates the death of millions of people each year.

We divide the worlds land into sections and then fight over who owns these sections.

We call some people “soldiers” which makes it OK for them to kill other people.

We torture and kill millions of animals everyday needlessly for food, clothing and experiments.

We send children to school for their entire childhood to memorize facts and skills that they will rarely use. More on education here.

We impose financial pressures on parents, forcing them to miss out on vital stages of their child’s development.

We have thousands of religions, each one believing that their God or god-story is the only true and unique version.

Love and compassion, which promotes life, are mocked as facile. Whereas war, which harms life, is seen as honorable.

Anyone with a really useful invention, can forcefully prevent others from using or modifying it.

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“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know…nothing ever really attacks us except our own confusion. Perhaps there is no solid obstacle except our own need to protect ourselves from being touched. Maybe the only enemy is that we don’t like the way reality is now and therefore wish it would go away fast, but what we find as practitioners is that nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know. If we run a hundred miles an hour to the other end of the continent in order to get away from the obstacle, we find the very same problem waiting for us when we arrive. It just keeps returning with new names, forms, manifestations until we learn whatever it has to teach us about where we are separating ourselves from reality, how we are pulling back instead of opening up, closing down instead of allowing ourselves to experience fully whatever we encounter, without hesitating or retreating into ourselves.”
-Pema Chödrön
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