Learn to love ourselves
Mac Davis - It's Hard to be humble.
Spirituality and the ego
I am basically a spiritual person and have studied both Eastern and Western religions. What most religions seem to agree on is the need for humility. Christianity teaches this, while religions like Buddhism and Hinduism go even further and claim we have to be completely ego-less
I have followed these teaching for many years, that to be ‘enlightened’ you have to overcome your ego. But then I began to noticed that many of the gurus you get in the New-Age movement or Eastern Religions who claim to be completely without ego, were the most egocentric people you could possibly find. Some of whom even expected their followers to worship them like gods.
It is an unfortunate fact that all the major religions of the world have been hi-jacked by politicians and con-men who only use religions to gain personal power. And I believe this is why most religions teach humility. When people are very humble they are far easier to control by the political leaders, than people who love and care for themselves.
The fact is that if you have a person who loves others, but doesn't love themselves, then you end up with a doormat. Equally if you have a person who only loves themselves and hates others, then you end up with an egomaniac. But surely for anyone to be a balanced person it is important that we learn how to love ourselves and love others, equally
This is why I like this song by Mac Davis, he unashamedly loves himself, but that is not a bad thing, because he also loves others and is able to laugh at himself.
"It's Hard to be Humble"
By Mac Davis
Oh Lord it's hard to be humble
When you're perfect in every way
I can't wait to look in the mirror
Cuz I get better looking each day.
To know me is to love me
I must be a hell of a man
O Lord it's hard to be humble
But I'm doing the best that I can