Today’s writing is, “What is the ego?”:

the-thinkerOur society shuns real individuality and encourages conformity. What you’re supposed to wear, how you express yourself, what you do, the way you behave, all of this is supposed to conform to certain norms. If you don’t, chances are you’ll be cast out, rejected, shunned, and in some places you can even be locked up for being “mentally unfit”. Since we’re social beings, this doesn’t feel very good, and it’s understandable that people attempt to change who they are to fit in. We learn to put on masks to hide the socially unacceptable parts of ourselves, and most in our society have worn that mask for so long they have trouble telling between the mask and what’s underneath. This mask is what we call ego.

Mainstream society equates ego with self, and this means a whole lot coming from a society full of people out of touch with their authentic self, their True Self. They’ve lost themselves in the mask they wear, so of course they believe the ego is their “self”.

Then there’s the “spiritual” people who will tell you that you need to make peace with your ego. The ego is born of separation, it is the source of conflict in your life. If you’re really at Peace, there is no ego. There’s more than a few spiritual gurus who believe they’re masters of their ego when it’s more the other way around. The tail wags the dog. They may let go of certain parts of their ego, only to strengthen other parts, such as the desire to control others.

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