There are as many ways to view the world as there are persons in it. The point of perspective is not how you view it, but more crucially, from were you view it from. Through the evolution of the brain of modern man, the mind was created. A mind that is aware of its own thoughts. The mind that now had the capacity of analytical, logical, abstract, and imaginitive cognitive prosesses.

The mind is also in charge of protecting the organism  it inhabits. Working with the autonomic system, which controls involuntary responses and functions, it creates defense mechanisms which seeks to ensure the organism's survival. To assist in the processing of the stimuli received from the senses and the responses to the outside world, the mind has created what is referred to as the ego. Not the Freudian concepts of the ego and super-ego but one that is geared to take on the onslaught of the world. It has a defensive nature that is constantly on alert for threats and attacks. The mind interpretates the information presented to it by the senses and cognitively assesses them and  produces thought. These thoughts are then transformed, by the ego, into emotions. Emotions are the body's response to these thoughts. Our emotions arise out of these thoughts. They include fear, hate, resentment, happiness, anxiety, contentment, jealousy, and so on.    

Most of our problems that arise come into being in man's responses to the world (people, environment, nature, material objects, etc.). Mankind's problems are exacerbated by the ego just going too far with its reactions. Too far in its nature to perceive what is threatening to the organism and itself. The ego begins to believe it is who we really are. A fallacy that creates untold damage to the world it inhabits. By believeing itself to be who we are, it will also defend itself against all possible threats, real or imagined. These threats could be physical, emotional or mental. Mental threats such as verbal assault can be viewed by the ego as possibly diminishing its foothold as the self. The thoughts created in response can create emotions such as hostility towards the person verbally attacking it. What real damage can the verbal assault have upon the organism? None, for it is a imagined threat but the ego does not differentiate between real and imagined and still feels threatened. These type of emotions are fed back to the mind to creative more thought along the same lines and  the ego now puts itself on a higher level of threat alertness. A cycle has been created and induces the ego to perveive more and more stimuli as possible threats. That which we train our body and minds to do, can more easily be done. The world is now perceived to be a hositle entity with imagined threats all around us. We can see these effects everyday if we venture to read the newspaer or watch the news.  We can take note of the catastrophic effects of war or something as subtle as an argument over who's team is better. It is still egos in confrontation.

All of us go through life at a level of threat alertness designed by our own egos. Some do not let such perceived threats dictate their responses while other are ready to take offense at a simple comment to the level of physical violence. It is the level of dysfunction that we allow the ego to obtain that determines our reactions. A runaway ego may even go to the state of mental paranoia. Is is not what is said to us, felt, or thought about us that does any harm, it is the ego's reaction to a person, event, or situation (when perceived as threats) that creates the damage. The cycle again is proliferated.

The ego is in a constant state of self enhancement in order to make itself feel more secure. This a feeling coveted greatly by the ego. It seeks to aquire more material goods, power, acknowledgement, prestige, and so on. In this way, the more it has, the more content about itself. The emotional feelings, such as contentment, happiness, and fulfillment, that it receives in feedback from its aquisitions further pushes the ego to seek more. This is done in the same manner as an addicting drug. As with drug addiction, this feeling is fleeting and temporary. To obtain that same enjoyable emotion, more of the same that fufilled its need, is again desired. It is an insatiable thirst. The ego wants more at any cost. 

The good news is that we can all do something to alleviate this dysfunction. But it cannot be done on the intellectual level. The mind is ill-equiped in this pursuit. By taking notice of how our mind and ego work, we can begin to function at a higher level. By merely becoming aware of our thoughts and emotional reactions, we can begin to see the mind and its creation, the ego, as just tools to be used and not who we really are. When we realize that we are not are thoughts, we have begun the unmasking of the true self. The one that is observing the mind and the ego. This is a higher level of consciousness. This is the "Christ" within that we all possess but has been clouded over by the workings of the mind and its incessent thoughts. This can be reffered to as the liberation of the spirit. The spirit that is connected to all that is or what some call God. When we seek enlightenment,  we are searching what is doing the searching.

From the higher self, we begin to see the world as it really is without the judgemental nature of the mind interferring. The mind differentiates the world into groups with similar attributes, for categorization is one of its purposes. But the ego takes it a step further and seperates them. The higher self sees the world and its different features but does not considerate them seperate entities. It sees the connection that all things share. The higher self sees itself as a part of the whole of creation. This underlying truth transforms the way we interact with one another and the natural world around us. The deep rooted sense that we are all connected is the essence of compassion. Who would do harm to someone or something that they know they are connected to or a part of?