The human ego develops through competition, envy and desires for respect, control and power. When we see bigger, higher, stronger and more successful people than us, our egos feel defeated. That is why so many people are drawn to martial arts or to any kind of fight.
It is due to our very makeup, the way we were created as egoists from the very beginning. If we do not aim to correct our egoistic nature, then we evaluate others in comparison with ourselves.
We have an inner urge to evaluate people and things in order to be able to place them into inner categories that make sense to us, to work out what is better or worse, what we like or do not like, what we find pleasant or unpleasant, and so on. Everything we perceive passes through an egoistic filter: “Is this good or bad for me, and how?”
Our key perceptual apparatus is the desire to enjoy. We feel the world in relation to whether or not we enjoy from what we feel. It could be colors, sounds, or anything, and even objects or phenomena that we could be completely indifferent to. We distinguish everything in relation to our desire to enjoy, on a scale of how much better or worse someone or something is to me.
Based on KabTV’s “I Got a Call. Fortitude” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on November 11, 2013.
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