Question: In the system of integrality, it is said that a person can use his egoistic attributes for the benefit of himself and of others. How can we use such attributes as envy, vanity, cunning, and ambition?
Answer: Only in order to deceive our ego.
During the study of integral education we teach how to correctly use all of our attributes against our egoism.
For example, it is possible to use our cunningness in order to deceive our ego and not another person. After all, we bring our ego outside and fight it, not in order to kill it, but in order to change the way we use it. Egoism in itself can be a very good attribute.
When all egoistic desire is applied for the benefit of the rest, then it transforms into altruism. There is always a reverse, a mirror application.
Let’s take hatred as an example. If you begin to hate the ego in its natural manifestation of unconscious, you will suddenly discover how it controls you. Together with this, hatred against the ego grows with such great force that you are ready for anything just to restrain it. And finally, seizing the moment, you snap a bridle on it with a sweet feeling of victory, and tighten it more and more.
But you don’t kill the ego. When it begins to choke you, slowly pet it, taming it, just like taming a wild horse when it is already full of fury and passes that point and begins to obey you. Then it can be easily applied in a positive way.
From Kab TV’s “An Integral World” 10/26/13