Suffering and Selfishness


I suffer because of my ego and my selfishness. If I became unselfish, how could I suffer?

source: The Tao Te Ching
image: Bing/images/Leggo My Ego, John French


24 thoughts on “Suffering and Selfishness

  1. Reading down the list of comments Eddie it seems this post hit home in many different ways.. Such as we are individuals with our own individual chains.. Great post Eddie and remarkable artists impression… I thank you for this simple and yet very thought provoking post.. ­čÖé
    Blessings as always for your wisdom

    • This would affect the personal part of us greatly. To that, we each are moved differently as you say.
      The post was intended to do this. Thank you for your kindness. enjoy life daily dearest friend

  2. Try watching your son die slowly from leukemia, while his five year old wants him to play. That’s one way. Being unselfish and less egotistical wouldn’t have helped. My husband and I would have traded places with him in a heartbeat. Instead, we watched him suffer and die by degrees right in front of our eyes. I love and follow the Tao to a point. But it doesn’t cover everything. Nothing does. Horrible things happen and ego and selfishness are not involved. When things like this happen there’s not enough left of a person to have an ego or care about anything at all. Not life, not deathÔÇŽnothing. I know what the Tao means but ego and selfishness not the only reason people suffer. Maybe we were selfish not wanting him to die. I think it would have been much worse to feel nothing and not care.

    • It seems to me that you were unselfish; “I would have traded places with him”. Concerning matters of the heart, however they are described; eternity will not see an end to them.
      I am very saddened with this story of your son. Allow me to express my deepest sympathy for you, your husband, and your son’s family. Eddie

  3. When I first began thinking about getting sober, my drug counselor kept pushing me towards volunteerism at a head injury clinic that needed people to help with teens who were relearning all sorts of tasks. Of course I balked and stalled, but eventually went just to shut the guy up.

    BEST thing I ever did for myself!! The clinic did an excellent job matching volunteers’ hobbies/interests with those of the patients, so I got assigned an 18yo kid who was afraid to pick up his guitar again. (He had been quite popular in the local band scene pre-motorcycle accident).
    Fast forward to several months later to the day he got the courage and you can only imagine how HUGE it was. That kid taught me more about digging deep and finding strength and totallt inspired me toward getting my sh*t together than anyone before or since.
    I guess this is my longwinded way of tellimg you how IMPORTANT your quote is. Doing something to help someone else is KEY to a better, happier life.

    • Opening up and sharing is not always easy Karen.
      Your personal story illustrates your inner strength and growth.
      Thank you so very much for sharing! hugs, Eddie

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