What is the Ego and Why is Everyone Trying to get Rid of it?

 Marvie (@marvie)4 years, 12 months ago

The ego.
I can read on a drug fourm that while on high doses of psychedelics people experienced ‘ego death,’ but when they describe it they say that they viewed everything simply as it is. Like in a state of being.
If so, wouldn’t the ego be ones personality?
If it it, and we say that one’s personality makes a person who they are, why are we trying to get rid of it? It seems like in this goal of dissolving the ego wouldn’t a person loose all emotion as well (since the personality dictate emotions as well and the absence of the ego would result in a lost of emotion)?
It seems to me that the ego is an enjoyable/necessary part to life and there is simply no reason to get rid of it.
It may be that I have the wrong definition of the ego and/or it may be that in order to not want the ego one must not value individuality (I am saying that harmony is wrong, but I personally believe that the combination of the two is optimal).
Hearts, kisses, xoxoxo
Thanks for the help :)

October 23, 2014 at 11:49 pm
Manimal (2,999) (@manimal) 4 years, 12 months ago ago

Yes, the ego is necessary.
Yes, it’s impossible to get rid of it.
Yes, those people are incredibly stupid.

Without the ego, you cannot experience anything.
“Ego death” is an illusion, caused by a simple chemical reaction in the nervous system, the ego is still there. And the ego is designed to be transparent, so that whenever you think you’re defeating it it’s really gripping you from behind. So to speak.

The more you try to suppress the self, the more the ego takes over.
But ignorance can mimic bliss, and that’s what these fools are after.
Fanatics are defined by madness, so don’t take advice from them.

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