In Zen and other forms of Buddhism, you can read or hear people referring to "my master." I guess it is meant to express a sense of acknowledgment or thanks or awe or praise or comfort or humility or a time of learning ... something like that. I'm not sure.
But it occurred to me yesterday that the only one who might legitimately use the term "my master" -- the only one who might know what s/he was talking about -- would be the man or woman who was the equal of that which was described with the term. Anything else would be eyewash.
And if a man or woman were in fact the equal of "my master," then the use of such a term would undermine the actual-factual equation ... a kind of refined ego trip attempting to keep ego-tripping at bay.
None of this is meant to suggest either that I know what I'm talking about or that I stand at some convenient, protective, or critical distance. It just came to mind as being true.
Now, I guess, all I have to do is to find out if it is true. :)