World without Ego

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World without Ego

By Tony DeLorger © 2011


Imagine a world without ego, in the sense of the common vernacular, without the forced will of judgement and the greed of self-attainment. Without the need to be better than someone else, acquire more wealth and have a higher position of respect or power, what would be our motivation in life? Would it be to maintain and care for our family and friends, become an integral part of society and share the burdens of upholding our existence? In a sense it sounds rather Socialistic, but without the motivation of ego, personal gain and self-centeredness, we would place more emphasis on what matters most to us.

The idea is akin to socialism, everyone working for the common good. But the difference in practice, is without abusing the ideology for self-gain, there would be no corruption. Indeed egoless life would affect any ideology with the same impact. Corruption is the ultimate expression of a negative ego, in one way or another.

The ego in a psychological sense is part of the psyche and represents the organisation of the conscious mind: memories, perceptions, thoughts and feelings. It is the gatekeeper of consciousness and filters what will come into full awareness. Ego provides both identity and continuity to the personality and gives us our individuality. A highly individualised person is one whose experiences are greatly permitted by the ego to come into consciousness. This person as a result has a broader viewpoint of life because the experiences are not suppressed. A feeling type person experiencing thoughtful experience is often not acknowledged consciously, as is feeling experiences for a thoughtful type person. We have propensities that guide our ego to filter certain experiences with which we are ultimately unaware. Otherwise we would be overwhelmed by this avalanche of daily occurrence.

What I am talking about here is a conglomeration of psychological aspects that are expressed as what we commonly call ego, the driving force of our personality and will. This ego is that aspect that so often becomes larger than life and extreme in its expression. Many leaders and people of position and fame gain this level of ego, which can be seen as arrogant, and self-serving. This quality is what I am questioning.

Human beings are flawed and driven by ego, life seen as a training ground for competition, struggle and success. This rudimentary fact created by primeval experiences fighting for survival, still rules our consciousness. We believe that forcing our will and being launched into individual ascension is the way to happiness, as is wealth.

But consider if that drive was non-existent and our lives were driven by less contentious attitudes like compassion, love, humanitarianism and we became altruistic beings. The world would no longer be at war, there would be the sharing of resources and the care of all human beings would be at the forefront of consciousness.

What a different world that would be.


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Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

My pleasure Loladusk. Thanks for dropping by.


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Loladusk 4 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC Canada

thank you, well said..


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Everything's fodder for the writer, even people bord stupid living in an egoless society. :)


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TheLostGod 5 years ago from Portland, OR USA

If there were no ego, and no conflict, I'd have nothing to write about and would be obsolete. :( Of course, a group of people living in an egoless society would probably view the conflict-driven society as barbaric and unlivable.


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

As I stated ego has a very different meaning in psychology, and what we commonly refer to has a different meaning, which is generally negative. In that sense ego does not represent altruism or any positive aspiration. It is an extreme of a facit of personality that encorporates the negative, That's what I'm discussing. Thanks for reading and your comment spirarna


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sriparna 5 years ago from New Delhi

A very interesting read! The word ego mostly has negative connotations, as we say egoistic person. But positive aspects of having an ego should be present to drive us to be compassionate, tolerant and humanitarian as that will satisfy our inner self. Working for the common good, altruistic activities are also coming from someone's inner fulfillment (or as a service to God in some cases) or a group's idealogical motto. So, according to me positive ego should remain alive.


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

I could do without the grief, but replaced with love. I can live without tension; nothing much is achieved by it, only stress and obstacles. I'd love a world without the negative influence of greed and power. But that's just me. Thanks for reading and your comment TheLostGod.


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TheLostGod 5 years ago from Portland, OR USA

But then would life be an experience worth having, if there was no personal tension?

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