It’s all about me
I enjoyed “Get Over Yourself,” (August). It was heartening to learn modern research is demonstrating what Buddhists have long recognized: We can do tremendous harm to ourselves and to others by clinging to our “selves.” Many schools of Buddhism seek to break down the notion of self, which blinds us to our interconnectedness with others and weighs us down with rueful memories of our past and worries about our future. Perhaps it’s time we truly let ourselves go.
In “Get Over Yourself,” Mark Leary drew his conclusion from the U.S. News and World Report survey results showing that 87 percent of the people polled thought they were destined to go to heaven, that this is a result of people feeling good about themselves or at least “better than others.” Without knowing how many of those surveyed were Christian, this is a completely mistaken conclusion. Those of us who are Christians believe ourselves to be unworthy sinners, but that we are assured of heaven through our belief in Christ’s atonement. In my church, 100 percent of us know we’re going to heaven but we all know we don’t deserve it and can’t earn it. That’s not ego, it’s grace.
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