Audio version read by Rev. Steven Lane Taylor, B.Msc.
The greatest act of pure folly in human life is to live by the will of one’s personal ego. After all, the personal ego is no more than a composite of limited knowledge and understanding. The personal ego has nothing more on which to form its conclusions than the limitations of outer sense impression, learned knowledge from outside sources, and formal education—which is similarly based on outside knowledge. Outer knowledge—even of the most sophisticated science—is subject to change, which means a truism of today may be tomorrow’s fiction. Upon such flimsy criteria for being, the personal ego is founded. Therefore, when one’s personal ego begins to expound on its will for one’s life, it stands on mental and emotional quicksand.
In spite of this, the average person today clings—sometimes desperately—to this illusion that one’s personal ego and its will must be the definitive decision-maker in their life. Many people feel that if they give up the will of their personal ego, they will be left barren of all joy, and end up living an austere life—like that of monks in a monastery. The truth, however, is quite the opposite. When one gives up the will of the personal ego, more of life’s true blessings become available as a greater number of opportunities become apparent.