Mishnakrurti

e·go

noun /ˈēgō/
egos, plural

  1. A person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance
  • – a boost to my ego

 

  1. The part of the mind that mediates between the conscious and the unconscious and is responsible for reality testing and a sense of personal identity

 

A common misconception is that an ego is the product of an inflated sense of self (the attitude possessed by a person who feels they’re better than others) when actually, an ego IS the “self.”

We all have this ego; we all have our own interpretation of ourselves, and feel we are this “gear” in the machine that is the world.

Many of us hold on to this ego for dear life. We feel that if we don’t understand ourselves, then how could we possibly understand the world around us?

Whether it’s our values, our morals, our ethics- maybe it’s our stances on political issues, or our beliefs in regard to the after-life, whatever it is; the ego is this stagnant catalyst of beliefs, which we abide by daily(possibly sub-consciously), because we feel it is who we are.

When taking offense, we feel threatened; someone or something has violated our sense of what is right; our ego. This ego we have built (a figment of our imagination) has sensed a threat to its wellbeing, an outside belief has penetrated its way into our life in some way (through another person’s actions or statements) and we become afraid that the walls we have built may not be strong enough.

The ego, much like an animal, will do whatever it takes to survive; be it fight or run away. The ego is a living thing (in our minds) and challenges to those beliefs are kryptonite.

To fight is to do or say something to the person.

Being offended is a person’s reflex to an attack of their ego; we do it automatically, often without even knowing it. If being offended by another person’s actions (unless said actions cause you physical or material harm) causes you to alter your course/pattern, any actions taken are an erroneous pursuit.

To run away is to simply retreat back into your shell, judge, and look down upon the person; this is easily done when a person is surrounded by like-minded individuals during your day to day life.

It’s easy to fall back into yourself, let the ego win, and move on with your life convinced you are the more virtuous person. This is the lesser of the two evils, but not your only two choices.

The choice I choose to take is- Quickly reflect on the event that just took place, remember how things happened (the facts, minus the breach of morality), and store it in your brain’s data bank. Remember the events in the same way a hard drive would store data in memory.

Once the “data” is in your brain, move on with you day like the breach of morality never happened. Keep the events in your mind for if you ever have to recall them in a later decision. The smart choice is not to take immediate action fueled by emotion and pride; I implore you, the clearest decisions are not made in haste. To take action to defend the ego is a war to protect Atlantis (a war to protect a myth).

What many people are confused about when that other person’s actions are taking place, is it my body or well-being that is being attacked, or only my ego?

Having the sense to know the difference between the two comes from a lifetime of increasing self-awareness and strengthening perception; and to ever believe you have completed these tasks would be counterproductive in itself.

-Mark Price

 

 

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