An ego with a master is a tool, whereas an ego without a master tops from the bottom. When we are controlled by the machine of our automatic responses, by our pathologies, by our unconscious drives, we are at the mercy of a petty tyrant indeed. We all have the responsibility to overthrow this tyrant, before we move on to the other oppressive forces in the world. Otherwise we become what we beheld, we begin to live out the oppressive circumstances we attempted to conquer. We must empower our true selves, and overthrow the tyrant within, because we live in very interesting times. We test the limits of natural systems by imposing artificial systems on top of them. This leads to ruin, to deprivation, and to an unfortunately natural population loss. We can choose this path. But should we?
We are called to transcend the myth of the phoenix, by regenerating before the ashes of dissolution. The only path to do this that I see is by becoming agents of transformation. By internally bringing the tyrant of the ego to heel, to serve the true self, and through the freedom gained from smashing the shackles of our own limitations, using that freedom to help others free themselves. Liberty can move to the next level, but it will take all of us challenging ourselves to make it so.