Is it worthwhile to sacrifice personal (ego) happiness/comfort for 'good'?

dstreets (@dstreets) 9 years, 1 month ago

Lately I have been thinking that I should sacrifice my desire for social acceptance/sex/other types of ego pleasure to profess things I believe in my core to be right. I have been doing things like posting weird but important things on social media, apologizing to people I have wronged in the past, etc.

The only thing is, it makes me feel kind of shitty to do these kind of things. Sometimes people will tell me I am ’embarrassing’ myself, and I have been losing some relationships (admittedly ones that are not as important to me). But also I have been filled with negative emotions, as if my body is trying to tell me ‘don’t you want to get laid?!?’

So what do you all think? Is there value to conforming to some norms to make life a little more pleasant? Or should I continue down this path and suck up the negative emotions? I know the latter seems obvious as the right answer but still I wonder….

June 30, 2013 at 7:47 am
Man of the Future (108) (@Man-of-the-Future) 9 years, 1 month ago ago

Dang tough one,All i can say is this true sacrifice is that which is done when one does not care about his or her own emotions in the matter. Think Jesus, hell lol think Piccolo from Dragon Ball Z . personally id have to say that iI try to to balance the two (Self-Denial/Ego Pleasing). Because as I see it if I’m not Happy how can I truly make others Happy I need positive energy to share positive energy. So my strategy is that I let my positivity build and then I let it go (ie. Chores for my parents,Hate them but I do it anyway to make them happy) when I need to to let another person have it or share it with me (When I’m with friends or at a social gathering).

dhahan (0) (@dhahan) 9 years, 1 month ago ago

hello, sacrificing for the society benefits is a good thing but at the same time you should not loss your close relationships I mean your friends, family and relatives because these are the only people who will be withe you in your happy , sad , difficult, and important moments.But use sacrification as a habit to relieve from daily tension.Also get rid of the negative emotions be positive look to the world from different angles and broad specrum

Thunderfeet (161) (@thunderfeet) 9 years, 1 month ago ago

@dstreets, the negative emotions are just the ego trying to hold on to the things it identifies with, I highly suggest reading A New Earth by Eckart Tolle it’s an amazing book that really helped me reduce and almost completely eliminate the control my ego had over me.

Wohoo (10) (@bigdadi91) 9 years, 1 month ago ago

Do what you want to do.
You dont “have to” do anything lol.

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