Egoism is called “help against me” because if I imagine it against myself, it really helps me. But if I associate myself with it, then of course it is an enemy. It all depends on how we position ourselves in relation to egoism.
How do I not forget that only when I do not identify myself with it, but see it against me, egoism helps?
This can be achieved only through the environment. A person will never be able to hold himself in this state. He will always identify himself with the ego and fall into it, if the group, like a magnet, will not raise him above egoism. There are two forces: from the top—the force of the group, and from the bottom—the force of egoism.
If the group can pull my “I” out of this egoism and keep it outside, then I will feel egoism against me. If it cannot raise me, then I will fall back into egoism all the time, and I will not be able even to remember to see it outside myself.
Therefore, only the group can take care of this by means of its opinion, by mutual guarantee.
From the Kharkov Convention “Uniting to Ascend” 8/17/12, Workshop 2