One thing that keeps echoing in my head is something Wayne Dyer said in the keynote session on Friday night:
Three lies of the ego:
- I am what I own.
- I am what I do.
- I am what people think about me.
If these are all lies of the ego, then when I am busy acting them out, I'm acting out of my ego and not my authentic self.
In terms of pursuing a smaller carbon footprint, my ego can threaten to derail me by whining about the fun toys I'm missing out on, by encouraging me to feel inadequate when I buy a cheaper car, or carpool, or ride the bus, or ride a bike, or walk. Alternately, it can tempt me with the idea that somehow I've achieved something by engaging in a project like this. And finally, it can tempt me to listen to the positive and negative opinions of others about me and change so that I can improve those opinions.
So, it seems to me that the ego is one of the forces that's resisting the changes necessary for sustainability.