The price paid by egoic men

By Dirk Devis,

May 8, 2021

Neil Donald Walsch, know by his books on “Conversations with God” once stated the following:

“Our Inherent Life Purpose is to experience the fullness of who we truly are; to rise to the highest expression-of being that any moment, and that this entire life time, will allow!”

As I fully concur with the above, I also take on the position that the highest expression-of-Being is also being authentic to who we truly are. As such an authentic person to me is also a person who is inherently non-egocentric and has an inherent sense of oneness with the community, he or she lives in.

However, “life happens” and subsequently to most of us we have our moments when we fail being our authentic version of ourselves and become rather egocentric in the process.

Such egocentricity is mostly recognised as a having a disposition of wanting to be in control, claiming to be always right and always wanting to look good, at the expense of others. Subsequently men, and women, who have taking on such a disposition in the long-term experience a sense-of-separateness within the community and end up having within a feeling of emptiness. Unfortunately, many business men being so focused on making it at whatever the cost in this business world, are prone to adopt such a disposition.

This reminded me of a poem I have written in my student days, and now having slightly adapted, I would like to share and which I called:

The price paid by egoic men

The world of egoic men is a world of small island kingdoms in a vast ocean.

Every evening, having had a busy day, they come together in neutral waters having a drink … a chat … a couple of jokes.

And when night comes, they part in dignity as Kings of great Kingdoms.

Yet, while they muse on their claims to fame, they realise there is no laughter … no love … no life in their empty abode.

And … while they face the cold of the night, which no blanket can drive away, they realise there is … emptiness!

The following evening, having had a busy day, they come together in neutral waters having a drink … a chat … a couple of jokes.

And when night comes, they part in dignity as Kings of great Kingdoms.

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1 thought on “The price paid by egoic men”

  1. I love the poem! Thank you for sharing, Dirk. There is a lot of emptiness in the world today.

    A few questions come to mind. How does one ensure that we’re non-egocentric? How do we know we’re community focused? How do we balance this in business where there needs to be a balance between being for one AND for all?

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