“The reason we have a lot of trouble is that we have selves. If we had no selves, what trouble would we have?”
(From A New Way of Thinking, A New Way of Being Experiencing the Tao Te Ching)
Short answer: why none of course.
The long answer would fill more books that we have space to contain, nay, without selves there would be no books on the shelves (or in cyberspace or on Kindles… you get the idea…).
Without selves what would be the point? Ah, there’s the rub. Methinks Master Lao Tzu may be referring to that dastardly (cleverly rhyming with another, more pointed, epithet) facet of the human psyche that cleverly disguises itself as “me” when, in my humble opinion, nothing could be further (or is it farther? Potato/potato) from the truth. And that error in my awareness has been the source of all the troubles in my life and is why I so often bemoan the fact that I am indeed my own worst enemy.
The thing is that I’ve recently become aware that wherever my feet are I tend to be there too and, slightly more significantly, that I am a spiritual being having a human experience rather than a human being having the occasional spiritual experience.
Hahahahahahahahaha… do I honestly think I could possibly give a reasonable exegesis of this concept in 250 words scribbled in between work assignments? Bottom line for me is that I am learning, slowly, to ignore my ego-driven “self” and to focus on my still small voiced True Self. And that, dear reader, has made all the difference.