Eckhart on the Ego
We suffer because we don't know who and what we really are. We suffer because of our identification with ego.
Attachment is one of the greatest sources of our suffering, and addiction is a prevalent form of attachment. The more addicted we are, the more suffering we experience.
The ego is present in all of our attachments. We can be attached to wealth, possessions, a person, a group, our job, our intelligence, even our sense of spiritual attainment.
If we look at ego in its most fundamental way, ego itself is pathological in the sense of the suffering and dysfunction it causes.
What is good karma, what is bad karma, and what can you do about it?
There is you which is pure formless awareness, and there is the you that you think you are and all of its stories and history and hopes and dreams.