‘All that is required to become free from the ego is to be aware of it, since awareness and ego are incompatible.’* (Eckhart Tolle)
‘Triumph in mountaineering, as in sports, is measured in firsts, fastests, and mosts’. ** (Rebecca Solnit)
Nethermost as in the farthest away.
I realise I am never far from pride, greed, and foolishness. It comes in the most subtle of ways. Just this morning, I read Yuval Noah Harari describing the British Empire as ‘the largest the world has ever known’ and momentarily feel pride.^ Then I remember just what this meant and the pride evaporates.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly may be the title of a spaghetti western but it’s also a description of me most of the time. Again, I must choose the nethermost practices of humility, gratitude, and faithfulness if I am to be free.