You probably encounter these people on a daily basis, mainly on social media. They often call themselves “dropping knowledge,” when really they're just being annoying. Obviously they don't see it that way. No, they just see themselves as exceptionally enlightened. They feel like they are superiors because they studied a certain subject more than the rest of us. And instead of sharing the knowledge, they'd rather rub it in our faces and tell us that how we're living is oh so wrong. Even when you have a bit more info than they do, besides trying to learn from someone else, they just say what you know is wrong or preposterous. Is this you? Don't be ashamed, it's ok. A lot of people become slaves to their own ego. So why am I targeting the enlightened folks? Simple, they have information that needs to be delivered to everyone in our community. But when you develop a superiority complex and start talking down to people, they tend to rebel against anything you say. Learning doesn't stop once you reach enlightenment; it continues. Also rejecting your ego is a huge part of being enlightened. Many of us feel we want to be seen as smart, cool, and “on another level.” That's not what you want but what your ego wants. I think Kabbalah Centre said it best. “...your ego is acting out of a desire for approval. It is afraid of rejection, failure, and looking stupid...your ego is your desire to receive for the self alone.” Egos are something else and lot of us don't notice that they are in control. We feel that we are in control. Rethink your life. Remember in Ratatouille when Ego (yes I'm making a Pixar reference) was the know-it-all health critic until he tried some food that brought him back to reality? Life lesson from a Pixar film: He had gotten rid of his immense bravado and opened himself up to a new experience. It's hard for you to keep an open mind when you think you know everything. Maybe you've read a book or two about how Blacks are being oppressed. Maybe you saw the documentary Zeitgeist. No matter what, you've only scraped the surface of the vast amounts of knowledge out there. So sorry my dear, you're not even close to knowing everything. Everyone has something they can teach you. Regardless of what you think you know. So reject that ego. Stop feeling like you need someone to validate how smart (or even beautiful) you are. Stop waiting for someone to say, “OMG you're right! Man, you are so smart and enlightened. I want to be more like you.” Say your piece and move on or learn something. Many of us are constantly looking for a rebuttal and are so focused on not going down without a fight. Like I said, reject that ego. It's wonderful to be enlightened. I'm just saying that being enlightened doesn't make you superior to everyone else. So don't get self absorbed and start feeling like no one can tell you anything because they aren't as enlightened as you. There's always room for improvement. Our egos will have us caught up out here and we don't need that. We should all be sharing our knowledge with each other, respectively. Wise words from the Swahili Proverb, “A slave has no choice.” So what will it be?
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