Many people say that ego is something negative, but I believe that in some situations. The ego is necessary for success.
What do you think?
The Ego is necessary for survival in the world of form, this physical manifestation. It is not evil, it is looking out fo ryour best interest, but sometimes the Ego can overlook certain things therefore hindering your growth and Evolution.
YEs! I was basically gonna post about this.
The ego is a huge topic, and I could rant for days about it, but (the beginning of) my 2 cents:
I see the ego like I see the structure of our senses (eyes, ears, nose, mouth, touch-sense), except it’s for the inner world instead of the outer. The 5 outer senses detect and interpret information from the outside world like colors, smells, sounds, whereas the ego detects and interprets information like thoughts, emotions, memories, relationships, etc.
The 5 senses give us the information we need to survive, but by necessity limit the bigger picture. If we detected all the gamma rays around us, all the smells dogs smell, the sonar bats use for navigation, and every other vibration in the outside world, we’d be so overwhelmed we wouldn’t be able to function. So our senses act as filters – they limit us to detecting what is relevant for survival. They help us navigate the outside world, but in the process limit what we experience.
The ego brings us the thoughts, emotions, memories, etc. that it believes is necessary for our self-preservation/self-advancement. It compares us to other people, tells us what we need to do in our relationships with others, tells us what we need to do for ourselves, etc. To a large extent we need our ego to navigate important parts of our lives. But, like the senses, the ego limits what we believe is possible in order to narrow down our options for action-taking. It also limits what we believe to be our self, so we have a coherent idea of who we are. So in the process of helping us do what we need to do for ourselves and our relationships, our ego limits our conception of what is possible and limits our definition of our self.
So in my view, it’s a matter of balancing the effective use of the ego with trying to see beyond what our ego tells us. We need our sight, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching senses to know what’s in the world around us – but we’d be fools to believe we’re aware of everything.
Ben @ http://www.syntropulse.com
Thanks! Glad you liked the explanation :) I don’t believe the ego is bad or good – but I do believe the relationship we have with our own ego is important. We can have an unhealthy relationship to the ego and it brings us suffering, or we can have a good relationship to the ego and use it as a foundation for peace, compassion, etc.
It’s all about knowing ourselves well and being responsible with ourselves.