On Liberation from ego and egoic Society, or, Cooperation + Tolerance = Peace

Essay by The Divine World-Teacher, Ruchira Avatar Adi Da Love-Ananda Samraj


The differentiation of existence into ego-possessed units yields, in the case of each “one”, the craving for entirely pleasurized and unthreatened existence. This craving (or obsessive motive of self-preservation and self-glorification) in turn yields inevitable conflict, fear, sorrow, anger, and all kinds of destructive acts in relation to “others” as well as to “self” (because the extreme exercise of self-preservation is, ultimately, an aggressive and self-defeating motivation that destroys “self” in the final effort to dominate “not-self”). Therefore, all egos (or un-Enlightened centers of identity, whether individual or collective) are in aggressive conflict with all other egos (and all that is presumed to be “not-self”, or presumed to be “outside” the defined egoic center). All individual and collective egos are involved in programs of self-destruction (via patterns of ego-possession, self-seeking, self-indulgence, reactive emotion, un-Enlightened thinking, and so forth), as well as other-destruction (via all kinds of reactive activity, based on self-concern, that seeks to control, and, ultimately, to dominate, whatever is presumed to be “outside” the “self”-center).

The search for the independent preservation and ultimate enhancement of the separate self is the universal model of un-Enlightened egoity. Therefore, suffering, power struggle, and war are inevitable in egoic society. And, if the capability for political manipulation and war becomes technologically profound, universal suppression (via aggressive political efforts) and universal destruction (via war) become the common expectation and destiny of all human beings.

The present “late-time” (or “dark” epoch) is just such a time of technological sophistication, in which the egoic model of humanity and human society is the universal basis of mind. Gross materialism (in science and politics) gives human beings no option in the mind except that of the trapped and threatened animal. Therefore, a fiery mood is abroad--full of gross desire, frustration, fear, despair, and aggressive reactivity. The egoic motive of self-preservation is approaching its most destructive mood--the mood that appears in the moment of ultimate entrapment. In that mood, there is no longer any will to preserve “self” or world or any others. There is simply explosive fire--based on the deep motives of egoic self-preservation, but reduced to action that is most primitive and entirely destructive of both “self” and “not-self”. In the collective mind of humanity in the present and growing extremes of entrapment, the explosion of great nuclear bombs merely represents the archetype of anger itself. And it is for this reason that the possibility of a nuclear holocaust, in the extreme moment of the now rising political confrontations, is an irrational--and, therefore, entirely possible, if not inevitable--event.

Past societies have, in their extreme moments of confrontation, destroyed themselves, as well as their opponents. This is because ego-based societies function in essentially the same manner as egoic individuals. Individual human beings kill others and themselves every day. Therefore, groups and societies, confronting one another in egoic fashion, likewise threaten one another with destruction. And, in the extreme moments of confrontation, when self-preservation achieves its peak of righteous irrationality, it is profoundly likely that nuclear war will result.

The motives of present-day society are the same as those of past societies. The only difference is that, in the present day, the technology of both communication and confrontation has become both globally extended and profound. Therefore, when globally communicated confrontation reaches its peak of irrationality, war-motives will willingly destroy the entire world--just as readily as, in the past, less technologically sophisticated war-makers have wiped their petty local warring tribes from the face of the Earth.