‘To play the human survival Game always means the loss of true Self. Always, there are no exceptions’.
This statement above had the following reply:
‘Survival is a core driver of living organisms. So it simply cannot be a betrayal of anything real… only perhaps of some false, egoic self.’
The real doesn’t get betrayed. It gets abandoned in favour of the Mask.
Human survival means cooperation with others. Cooperation means negotiation and compromise. Compromise means a human ends up doing what was not quite their original intention, to meet the requirements and often demands of those around. The degree of compromise is directly proportional to lack of self awareness. The least self aware people tend to depend on others the most for their survival needs and so flock together in groups.
It is a societal game in which, should you choose to stand alone – you will be ostracized in various small and big ways. Being part of a group, ANY group, means adhering to group conformity, and there are millions of ways to do so.
If one wants to put this to the test… spend one day being your absolute self, without hiding your real thoughts and feelings, without pleasing anyone’s expectations of you (and that includes your boss!! and your family members!! and your friends!!), without wearing The Mask. Let them know what you really think. Hmmm… how did it go for you?
‘Stand alone’ is when your self is the least compromised. Of course, in practical terms it is near impossible. That is why, unless one completely removed self from any contact with other humans, Self is always lost. Everyone lies to a smaller or lesser degree and, as a result, find it so extremely difficult to get back to Self, to find Self, to afford it the place it deserves.
Note: Michael, thank you