Because the ego feels most alive and necessary when it’s aggrieved, it’s aggrieved all the time.
An open mind is a mind that does not judge. Yes, it has a way of seeing things, a point of view, but it nurses no opinions, harbours no resentments, renders no judgements.
Individual egos take each other to court. Tribal egos cheer wildly at football games and beat each other up. National egos become fevered, declare war, drop bombs. Are we not adrift in aggrievement?
The past is what we see in the rear-view mirror. For some, this innocuous reflective device serves as a first-line navigational aid. They go forward, knuckles whitened, by looking backward.
We are not in control. Most men don’t understand this. Reason? No credible person sat them down when they were boys and spelled it out.
Knowing I’m not in control, I am a stranger to disappointment and bitterness. I am not what happens; I am to whom it happens.
The responsible man is response-able. He responds to Life. He does not react. Re-action is the forte of the fool. We cannot step into the same river twice.