Contumacy is the insistence of pointing out an error. This is why I will never become tired of insisting that the cause of all errors is the ego, the myself. I do not care if the intellectual animals become upset because I speak against the ego; no matter what the cost might be, I will continue with contumacy.

Two great world wars have passed and the world is on the verge of a Third World War. The world is in crisis; there is misery, illness, and ignorance everywhere.

Nothing good was left for us by the two world wars. The First World War left us with terrible influenza that killed millions of people in the year 1918. The Second World War left us with a mental pest that is far worse than the pest of the First World War. We are referring to the abominable “Existentialist Philosophy” that has totally poisoned the new generations. The revolution of the dialectic proclaims itself against such philosophy.

All of us have created this social chaos in which we live, therefore together we must all work to dissolve it. Thus, by means of the teachings that I deliver in this book, we will make a better world.

Unfortunately, people only think about their egotistical “I” and say, “First, I, second, me, and third, myself!” We have already stated it and we will repeat it again: the ego sabotages the order that revolutionary psychology establishes.

If we truly and very sincerely want the revolution of the dialectic, we need the radical transformation of the individual.

Many are they who accept the necessity for a radical, total, and definitive interior change, but unfortunately, they demand stimuli and special incentives.

People like to hear that they are doing well; they like to be complimented with pats on their back; they like to be told stimulating words, etc.

Many are they who demand a beautiful verse that will serve them as an incentive. They demand some belief, some ideology, or any utopia in order to change.

There are those who demand the promise of a good job as an enticement to change. There are those who demand a good courtship or a magnificent marriage that will serve as an incentive to change.

Nobody wants to change just like that. However, they do demand a good incentive for action.

People enjoy stimuli. Wretched people, they do not want to comprehend that such stimuli are empty and superficial. Therefore, it is worth while and logical to state that stimuli are worthless.

Stimuli have never in life, nor ever in the history of the centuries, been able to provoke an effective, total, and definitive radical change within any individual.

Within every person there exists an energetic center that cannot be destroyed with the death of the physical body; this energetic center perpetuates itself in our descendants for the misfortune of the world. This energetic center is the “I,” the myself, the oneself. We need with maximum, unpostponable urgency to produce a radical change within this energetic center named the “I.”

Pats on our backs, beautiful words, beautiful flattery, beautiful stimuli, noble inducements, etc., will never be able to produce any radical change in that energetic center named the “I,” which is within us.

If we sincerely and wholeheartedly want a radical change within that center named the “I,” then we have to recognize our lamentable state of misery and interior poverty and stop being so preoccupied with ourselves, so that we could work for humanity without seeking rewards. This means abnegation, the complete forgetting of oneself, and the complete abandonment of oneself.

It is impossible to obtain a radical change within ourselves if we only think about filling our pockets with more and more money.

The “I,” the myself, wants to grow, improve, evolve, interact with the great people of Earth, acquire influence, position, wealth, etc. Superficial changes in our person are worthless. They do not change anything and do not transform anyone or anything.

We need a profound change within each and every one of us. Such a change can only be carried out within the center that we carry inside, within the “I.” Like a potter’s cup, we need to break the egotistical center.

It is urgent to extirpate the “I” in order to induce a profound, radical, total, and definitive change within each one of us. The way we exist and the way we like to be within can only serve to make our lives bitter, as well as the lives of those around us.

The “I” wants to fill itself with honors, virtues, money, etc. The “I” wants pleasure, fame, etc. In its crazy eagerness to expand itself, it creates an egotistical society within, where only disputes, cruelties, insatiable covetousness, ambitions without limits and boundaries, wars, etc., exist.

To our misfortune, we are members of a society created by the “I.” Such a society is useless, harmful, and deleterious. It is only by radically extirpating the “I” that we can integrally change ourselves and hence change the world.

If we truly want the radical extirpation of the “I,” then it is urgent to have the memory still, in order for the mind to become serene. In this way we can observe ourselves calmly in order to know ourselves.

In the same manner as one who endures and contemplates a torrential rainfall, so must we contemplate ourselves.

No one in life can dissolve the “I” by seeking substitutes. For example, leaving liquor behind but replacing it with cigarettes; abandoning one woman in order to marry another; letting go of a defect to replace it with another; or leaving one school behind to attend another.

If we truly want a radical change within ourselves, then we should set aside all those things that appear positive to us, all those old habits and all those mistaken customs.

The mind is the central headquarters of the “I.” Therefore, we need a change in our central headquarters in order for there to be a true revolution within each and every one of us.

It is only with absolute abnegation and comprehension of what we unfortunately are, and without stimuli or incentives of any type, that we will truly achieve the extirpation of the “I.”

Revolution of the DialecticThis chapter is from Revolution of the Dialectic (1983) by Samael Aun Weor. The print and ebook editions by Glorian Publishing (a non-profit organization) are illustrated to aid your understanding, and include features like a glossary and index. Buy the book, and you benefit yourself and others.