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Sadly, after your last three Ego posts I continue 100% skeptic (But pleased to read this blog).

First, ego is not able to be defined. It´s like the concept of soul. 99% humanity thinks they have one, but it´s dificult to describe it. It´s not scientific, it´s a theorical construction.

Secondly, who we are to think we have to modify something given to us by God/The Great Architec/Mother Earth? My legs are good for run. My eyes are good for watch. Why my "ego" or whatever it is that is bad for me? Maybe Ego was born very late in human history and is an illness of the mind? or is a tool for survive?

What is the problem of the "envy" emotion? that hurts us? maybe is good for go ahead and progress in the main objetive of Nature: reproduction. Maybe we need the "envy" but also we have a tool called "think about our ego" to partially cure that collateral damage of the "envy tool".

Who knows?

I just see the same doubts from the beginning. There are no answers yet. It´s good to make questions and talk about it, but give final answers as good answers, looks to me at least like risky, even if the words giving those answers are suggestives, like the words of Mr. Tolle and your own words. But just are words (by the moment).

I understand it´s dificult to see ourself in the looking-glass and see we are naked in this universe, but invent solutions without foundation it´s not the way.

thank you very much for your post.

Kent @ The Financial Philosopher


I admire your skepticism, which is more closely aligned to that of the first skeptics who lived more than 2,000 years ago. In other words, your skepticism is healthy and welcomed here!

It is difficult to know anything with absolute certainty; therefore doubt is necessary for honest and complete inquiry into any subject.

As for the ego, it is healthy, in my humble opinion, to at least be aware of the human tendency to want things that are not necessarily beneficial to the individual.

As I implied in the post, consciousness is all that is required to maintain a balance with ego. There is no reason to deny or even acknowledge ego -- only that there are certain human wants and desires that may not always be in one's best interest to pursue.

For a simple example, there is nothing inherently wrong with eating chocolate cake. But if one eats chocolate cake every time the desire for it crosses the mind, this can be unhealthy.

Consciousness, or awareness, therefore is prudent in making healthy daily decisions.

Thanks for the comment...


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Always remember the saying...check your ego at the door. That comes in handy sometimes.

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Too many times in life your ego will come back to bite you. Just be aware that your ego may get in the way of making an intelligent decision.

Dean Ooi

I have been reading this blog on and off for a number of years. What impressed me most is the attitude of the blog-owner. I have never been asked to purchase any product or service. It has always been a silent way of unconditional giving and sharing. You really walk your talk.

I've read all your three posts on mind and brain and the link to the Dalai Lama's reference to changing the brain with the mind: contemplative meditation. One way we can rewire our brain or mind is to be mindful of our mind. To do that we need to slow down and focus on whatever we are doing at the moment, meditatively. The mind works like any organ in our body: the heart, the lungs, the liver...they do their work basically for the sustenance of our body. The mind being the instrument of the ego, it is concerned with devising thoughts and ideas for our physical survival, often at the expense of others' interests. All the thoughts of regrets, grudge, anger, greed, lust... are formed for the reason of satisfying our ego(id)'s desires. Ego relates to pleasure or ownership as the means to existence and triumph. The trouble with most of us is we identify with our ego in desiring sustenance and victory. We think and believe we what our mind tells us.

In the real world, self-benefiting desires never lead to real, sustained happiness. The conflict with others' or society's interests will soon manifest as tensions and result in unhappiness.

Because the pleasure and gratification that ego desires do not last eternally and the ego is basically an unreal entity - it is just a function of the mind for survival -, any attempt to satisfy its needs will not add to the happiness of the true self. The true self is what remains after the needs of the ego have been understood and sidelined. The first step is to recognize that we are not our thoughts and make consistent attempts to dissociate from them. To do that we need space and time.

Kent Thune

Well said, Dean.

I believe ego is a remnant of prehistoric man, where the basic needs of survival were integral to daily living.

However, humans have evolved to the degree that we are capable of moving past the old brain, the old norms, with the aid of consciousness. Therefore we often experience conflict within ourselves.

Once one obtains a base level of self-awareness (the ability to be both observer and the observed), a feeling of disappointment or even disgust follows. A person sees themselves as human and sees the weakness in it. However, there is no fighting it and there is no real weakness, only varying degrees of self-knowledge and self-awareness.

I have found that observing ego, while embracing it as a natural human function, helps minimize its grasp on my life. In a sense, I "catch myself," remember the error, and move on.

At times, fighting against ego is an act of ego in itself.

Thanks for reading the blog and for noticing the non-commercial aspects of it. I do plan to offer products in the future but they will only be written works (i.e. books, Ebooks, etc) based upon the themes in this blog.



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