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Johnny Atman

Psychotherapist & NLP Trainer,

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How can a human being overcome selfishness, the idea that one is separate from the rest of humanity?

In an action, we usually have a target (goal) a means to achieve that (a method) and resources. Should one of the components be out of line, or not supporting the other two, the action would be a failure as harmony would be broken. So every component supports the others, every component lives for the others. When this alignment is achieved, the Archer is satisfied, releases the arrow from the bow and the target is hit. How can we live for one another and align our hearts for the benefit of all humanity?

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    Oct 19 2013: Hi Johnny, why do you want to overcome selfishness? Some of the best inventions in the world was an output of selfishness :P. I think its a human nature that should be controlled not overcome :).
    Now "live for one another and align our hearts for the benefits of all humanity" those are big words that will require more than controlling selfishness in my views, they will also require believes, love, care, purpose and many more words that will eventually lead to an ideal world... but I kinda agree that it might be a good idea to start with controlling or overcoming selfishness maybe by giving away things you own and love the most to those who needs and wants it the most and see if you can control your selfishness :-)
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      Oct 19 2013: Maher,

      What an incredible medium that we can have this dialogue. Thanks TED... and all.

      i would respectfully disagree with you. Selfishness is ego centered, ego driven and ego based which separates one from the rest of humanity. When one sees the manifestations of domination and control one sees the assault on nature, economics that selectively values different components and increasing trends toward the very rich and very poor, a recipe for unrest and social conflict. Can you see those trends?

      When we look back at past civilizations who endured for the longest time we see a different focus on relevance and respect for the natural world, not domination and control. .

      Today, our domination and control translates into wars and civil unrest world wide. Yet, if we really understood the key message of global warming we might understand, "we have met the enemy and they is us", as pogo informed us so long ago..

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