"What I want to achieve - what I have been striving and pining to achieve these thirty years - is self-realization, to see God face to face, to attain Moksha (Liberation). I live and move and have my being in pursuit of that goal. All that I do by way of speaking and writing, and all my ventures in political field, are directed to this end."
- We underestimate ourselves. We tend to confuse self with the narrow ego.
- Human nature is such that with sufficient all-sided maturity we cannot avoid "identifying" ourselves with all living beings.
- Traditionalle the maturity if the self developes through three stages - from ego to social self, and from social self to metaphysical self. In this concept of the process, nature is largely ignored. Society and human relations are important, but our self is richer in its constructive relations, and we have relations also with the larger community of all living beings. Næss therefore introduce the concept of an ecological self.
- The joy and meaning of life is enhanced through increased self-realization, through the fullfillment of each beings potential. Whatever the differences between beings, increased self-realization implies broadening and deepening of the self.
- Because of the process of identification with others, with growing maturity, the self is widened and deepened. We "see ourselves in others". Self-realization is hindered if the self-realization of others - with whom we identify - is hindered. Love of ourselves will labor to overcome this obstacle by assisting in the self-realization of others according to the formula "live and let live".
- The challenge of today is to save the planet from further devastation which violates both the self-interest of humans and nonhumans, and decreases the potential joyful existence for all.