Better Not to Feel Inferior Nor Superior

“You cannot have feelings of superiority and not an enemy make. The same occurs when you would make yourself inferior, and you are always making for yourself a place at one of these extremes. And all this effort and conflict arises simply from your insistence upon being separate.” (ACOL, C:14.3)

Most of us have been caught in the trap of feeling inferior or superior to others, and we suffered as a result. Our feelings of inferiority gave us many moments of sadness and dejection. Our feelings of superiority were often compensation for the inferior feelings—when our ego had had enough of feeling dejected.

Was there any truth to any of this? Absolutely none. We are neither inferior nor superior to any other human being. All of us are, truly, created equal.

It is a particular desire on the part of those on the spiritual path to feel better than others who aren’t on the path. But this is nothing less than self-righteousness, surely the least lovable of traits. This is an edge into the superiority to which the ego turns when tired of being dejected with a sense of inferiority.

Be rid of such foolishness. All gifts, ultimately, are shared equally by the children of God. If one now, temporarily, has more, remember that this is only a temporary state. The same for having less. Talents will even out in the long run.

And we make enemies of other people. Nobody even likes someone else who harbors feelings of superiority, especially. And another may also look down on one who feels himself/herself to be inferior in some way.

This is a game we can’t win. One we ought to give up forthwith. The way to the spirit of love is the truth that all are equal in the eyes of God. Only time separates us in any way, and time is an illusion.

The best way to live is to assume equality. This is a truth in our society as well as in spiritual matters.

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5 thoughts on “Better Not to Feel Inferior Nor Superior

  1. Inferiority and Superiority…this is surely a game we can’t win. It is true about people who go to temples and other places of worship, who devote huge lengths of time in prayers to God often think themselves to superior to those who do not. And as you said this self-righteousness does not help either. They may not even see and recognize if the other person who does not sit and pray may be connecting with God by just trying to keep his karma right. Love, compassion and equality are the purest truths. Thanks for writing this wonderful post. I could connect with it.

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