Ego is the false self wanting a throne
It is developed early on during infancy as the cry for attention. It is the dishonest turn of self-preservation instinct for mere self-gratification. It is a distortion and a revelation of the capacity for the capable mind to bend over backwards for something small-minded. Some of this capacity is developed in the womb. A killer of sorts, deliberately eliminating competition, one way or another for that standing one, egotists become at best careless and therefore often destructive in their efforts.
Throughout history, man would reach for the stars, only to be held back by the small mind, of his and of others. Displays of false affection would be built, in the forms of statues, paintings and crowns. Corruption would thrive. Nations would go to war with each other over spoils and ideological order. And to this day, many of few—in reducing the number of competitors—continue to plot against fellow humans. All in the name of something deeply flawed.
Subdue it with invitation
A person needs to be able to effectively and honestly communicate a problem, first to his/herself in the right mind. Those seeking or maintaining independence but needing help for an unlearned skill would learn during execution of those skills. Dependents, on the other hand, hold a barrier of adolescence and/or materialism and blame, and fail to lead on or learn much of true value.
You can never destroy ego, and you shouldn’t try—destruction is its way, but discipline is the way to subdue it. You have to will the ego into changing its mind by inviting it to a real, working practice. The supervisor has to learn how to do less for the person so the person can become more independent, not needing their false personal order of their environment. It can be a bit of a learning curve for everyone involved, but the petty regard to credit melts away. The supervisor within is called the superego.
It’s the ‘ish’ that clarifies ‘selfish’: you’re not being yourself
While those that cheat or fail to work with the system well enough are financially unstable or impoverished, those headstrong in the false self are spiritually impoverished. You have to be honest with yourself to improve your standing in the future, but therein lies a problem: how do you know what’s true? It takes patience, logic and soul searching to know what’s true in yourself, then in general.
Helping others out is one thing, but if your heart is not in the right place, your actions can still be damaging. It’s your subconscious intent that moves you in the universe; if you don’t sync it with your consciousness, of course you’ll fail. You can’t move objects with your conscious mind (improper telekinesis), and governance is a non-positive force (neutral at best). Connections have to be worked out.
Childish tactics that still have an effect
I Am is the powerful declaration of self in form. “Speaking the Lord’s name in vain” originally had less to do with the name of God and more to do with name-calling. The accused would be put into a position of I Am Not—something ineffective, as things regarded as “positive” need to, at some point, meet up with its effective meaning of, “affirmative.” This demeaning tactic is something of the arsenal of the spiteful ego with a victim mentality: the bully.
Your spiritual integrity declines in isolation
You must reach out and grow with others that don’t encourage superficiality. You will learn what’s important, while the ego needs things superficial to thrive.
As people choose their roles ahead of time, the seemingly obvious answer I found in life on what makes actual evil: EVIL is the reversal of LIVE. So? Well? Live!
This post would not be possible without the help of people I’ve learned from, including:
- Constructive thinking projects.
- Scientists that bridged the gap between spirit and quantum physics.
- Scriptures, originally in Hebrew—the language that is able to describe many things so accurately that the formation of words and names fall into place brilliantly.
- Countless quotations from people who’ve actually lived a fulfilling life, unlike this author.
- The people behind The American Heritage Dictionary for thorough definitions and word origins, usage notes and examples, with very low error rates. It gives the reader its own form of encyclopedic understanding of language and the world.
This post would not have been made without reading If It’s For Your Ego, It’s Not For Your Soul (2012.07.30) by Mr. Prose. Be sure to check out everything on the page, including the comments and Related Articles for more creative input. Mr. Prose is a fourteen-year-old that’s in many ways more advanced than me. Oh, I may have started this blog in August, but I targeted the Ego in 2008 with multiple drafts of a single web page. So there. 😉
(Keep in mind that my approach in dissecting ego was flawed then, and the visible results were a mix of truisms and indoctrination. Some of it is so harsh that I’d advise against looking for it.) I know better now. At least I hope so.
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