I am convinced more and more that it's the egos that people, maybe the entire human race, needs to shed. Ego and selfishness, people "looking out for their own," soon comes misery, right at the hour of greatest accomplishment.
People do not mean to be so. They do not intend to be such pains in the asses, but, because there is not that constant message out there, Don't Be an Egotistical such n such, they do. Then the reaction, between individuals, each saying, I am This, or I am That, to put it into simplistic terms, and from the reactions back and forth a tiresome falseness, a room filled with a white elephant. The Buddha explicitly points out the root of all suffering, but we don't know what he's talking about, such odd funny terms.
And this is what causes nothing to ever get done, as it all just goes off into this spin of egos, of self-important people. (Obama strikes one as man of chastened ego, thus his relationship with Lincoln.)
Remarkably enough, there are real people, who still exist, who are, in a real practical sense, important. This to me is something of a mystery, but, they are good people of humor and faith, and they are nice to talk to.
The Gnostic Gospels talk of Jesus picking up on hints of Buddhism. Were his preachings an effort to reduce the egotism of Judaism? Even the best of us fall into it.
What's my own ego? Am I writer, or some has been, who blogs? Or does the general picture one struggles along with not some basic picture of humanity, a creature who needs words...