Political cartoonist Tim Kreider said in New York Times:

“Outrage is like a lot of other things that feel good but over time devour us from the inside out. And it’s even more insidious than most vices because we don’t even consciously acknowledge that it’s a pleasure.”

People don’t realise that they get addicted to feeling offended all the time because it gives them a high; being self-righteous and morally superior feels good.

We think our outrage or anger is a negative emotion and we show an effort to eliminate it, but actually it’s a reaction that makes us more superior than others.

Like when we are scolding somebody, we become an authoritative figure who has the right to rebuke them. So perhaps it’s that sense of superiority which makes us subtly and unknowingly enjoy that feeling.

That’s why Kabir ji says “sometimes it’s so difficult to tap on our ego because it comes in a disguise”.

Let’s be more aware of our reactions The awakening or change can happen in that moment when the outrage arises. Once it’s gone, it would take the next time around to overcome it. Between one outrage to the other is just a phase of knowledge, not awakening.

The best way to get rid of “EGO” is let go of the “E” and  follow “GO”

 

 

 

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