The tool: the Ego.

VladtheGlad (@nappa) 8 years, 11 months ago

To be present, aware, and egoless. A beautiful concept, and can bring great peace.
(If you are not familiar with the concept, i’d recommend looking further into it.
A great novel is “A new earth” by Eckhart Tolle.)

However, it is not the point i wish to discuss in this discussion.
In light of this concept, maybe an ego has its use.

In a modern world like today, maybe an ego we are aware of, in control of, and use in our every day lives to interact with an egotistical, expectation rooted system (such as business, leadership, and other areas where regimented and defined roles are assigned) Is not only necessary, but efficient to interact with the world?

After days, weeks, and even subconsciously months of thinking, and drafting ideas, the idea stands that yes.
Using the Ego as a tool, while being aware of it, can be, and is effective and beneficiary to the user in interacting with the modern world, and creating the world he wishes to create.

From contemplation, 3 different ego’s serve as the foundation.

1) The developing ego – an ego that responds to what the wielder needs to enact(to be) in order to efficiently execute goals.
2) The experience ego – an ego based on past experience, development, difficulties overcome, and future goals, a general character one may use when interacting with new characters in a egotistical scenario, or in a scenario when another is using an the ego.
3) Presence – Not using an ego, separating yourself, leaving it for when it is needed and experiencing (the concept at the beginning of this passage).

The ego can be used to;
– Keep on track with goals,
– Cement values, morals, and ethics to bring up on short notice, without deep thought,
– Remember past, future, and learned experience (what one has been through) to bring up on short notice.
– “Defend” against manipulation, and egotistical approaches found in society today
– The list goes on and on (If you think of any other area’s do bring it up)

Ideas, opinions, thoughts?
Has anyone pondered the idea before?
Anyone consciously using/used the ego?
Benefits/Detriments of the ego?

The interested, the questioning, the thoughtful, the skeptics and everyone else encouraged to comment.

February 25, 2013 at 6:48 pm
Terence Stone (48)C (@inception360) 8 years, 11 months ago ago

@nappa, I think the ego is a construct developed at a very young age based on cause and effect experience in order to protect the true self. It’s a shell surrounding that most precious part of us. Unfortunately, since it is developed by the pragmatic mind it is incomplete, and can easily become unbalanced. That doesn’t change the fact that it is an integral part of who we are. The ego can serve to boost your sense of self at times, but also degrades us, tells us we’re not worthy at other times. And that self-deprecation both boost and degradation are built-in defense mechanisms. The ego says, “don’t put your true self out there, don’t connect, it’s dangerous and you’ll get hurt.” But when you are swayed by the ego in this way you are at its service. We must learn to tame and soothe the ego so that it serves our true selves. And yes, I do think as you become more present and the ego falls in line with that presence, the ‘tantrums’ arise less and less. And even when they do, my guess is that they just become a small ripple, accepted and soon dispersed.


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