When we live from our ego, it is very easy to feel morally superior to others. We can view other people’s lives and choices as ‘less than’ our own: less valuable, less correct, less worthy, less important, less meaningful, less right, less good.
As we grow and stop living from ego all the time, we find a path or paths that fits us in our search for meaning, truth, expansion, and connection. And many of us who find a path that works, begin to feel morally superior to anyone not on our particular path.
We think we have found ‘the answer’, and that if someone else doesn’t choose the same answer, they are ‘less than’, more ignorant, less knowledgeable, less enlightened, more base and human, less spiritual.
And sometimes, even when we have evolved and grown tremendously in our ability to live from our essence, to see others with love, to be aware and conscious of our daily choices, we can still feel morally superior — only this time to reality!
What might this look like? An example might be if I’m having computer problems and I feel that I shouldn’t have to deal with everyday challenges like this. Perhaps I think that my bird’s-eye view of life protects me from having to live the mundane human experiences — THAT is feeling morally superior to life.
Eckhart Tolle has famously said, “You are not morally superior to the traffic jam!” And this is what he was referring to — that as long as we are in our human bodies, we will never rise above our human nature. For it is as much a part of us as our spiritual nature is.
Our humanness is not something base and boring, but rather the vehicle, the means, the experience we are having. We are spiritual beings in human bodies — the two work in tandem and one cannot be separated from the other (at least not as long as you’re alive in human form).
I encourage you to reflect on this and really look at your perspective on the world, reality, your humanness — do you still feel morally superior? And if so, take some time to address it– for it only serves to separate you from oneness and unity. It is a vestige of your ego, resurfacing in a spiritual guise. Don’t let it fool you…
(Editor’s Note: The ego, in and of itself, is not a negative thing. It has a purpose. It only becomes problematic when we allow it to run our lives — for that is not the role it was intended for.)
One way to overcome the feeling of moral superiority is to make a conscious effort to expose yourself to many different types of people, with varied backgrounds and beliefs. This gives you many opportunities to see that the world is made up of millions of flavors of people, situations and experiences — and they are all equally valuable and significant.
So remember, when you find yourself feeling morally superior (to anything), it’s a sign that your ego has taken over the wheel and is driving.
Have you experienced this? Please share…