Ego Starts Growing as the Child Grows
"Ego does not exist
anywhere else except in human beings, and ego starts growing as the
child grows. The parents, the schools, colleges, university, they
all help to strengthen the ego for the simple reason that for
centuries man had to struggle to survive and the idea has become a
fixation, a deep unconscious conditioning, that only strong egos
can survive in the struggle of life. Life has become just a
struggle to survive. And scientists have made it even more
convincing with the theory of the survival of the fittest. So we
help every child to become more and more strong in the ego, and it
is there that the problem arises.
"As the ego becomes strong it starts surrounding intelligence like
a thick layer of darkness. Intelligence is light, ego is darkness.
Intelligence is very delicate, ego is very hard. Intelligence is
like a roseflower, ego is like a rock. And if you want to survive,
they say – the so-called knowers – then you have to
become rock-like, you have to be strong, invulnerable. You have to
become a citadel, a closed citadel, so you cannot be attacked from
outside. You have to become impenetrable.
"But then you become closed. Then you start dying as far as your
intelligence is concerned because intelligence needs the open sky,
the wind, the air, the sun in order to grow, to expand, to flow. To
remain alive it needs a constant flow; if it becomes stagnant it
becomes slowly slowly a dead phenomenon."
Osho, Tao: The Golden Gate, Vol. 1,
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