Human Ego, a Friend or Foe?

We are raising this issue because it may affect, influence, direct or even determine our future, particularly when involving individuals who we consider as the global “game changers”.

Our world is populated by 7 billions people, but when it comes to shaping the future, only a few who really matters. History tells us that global game changers are minorities consisting of prophets, philosopher, kings, presidents, scientists, artists, religious figures and so on. Jesus changed the course of humanity; Plato, Newton, and Einstein also among those who did, but so did Caligula, Genghis Khan, Hitler, Stalin, and ISIS. So, human ego does matter; how should we deal with it?

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Geoffrey Danziger
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What determines ego as either a friend or foe is how the aim or outcome of such ego affects other people’s lives. Is it harmful, harmless or useful? When it is useful to others, ego is a good thing.

Rama
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Well there are egos that changed the world but also harmful. So its a combination of using ego as a friend and a foe.

Napoleon Bonaparte can be an example. He tried to conquered Europe and the rest of the world and by doing it he brings destruction and death. On the other hand he created economic reform and religious freedom for its people. He even made a legal system that is still used today.

Geoffrey Danziger
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There’s an ego that’s completely harmful, then there’s an ego that’s both harmful and useful (a double standard like what you talked about) and then there’s an ego that’s completely useful. So, which one of these three that makes an ego is a friend? Try to compare Napoleon with Mother Theresa.

Montana Ali Akbar
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Does emotion determine where our ego going?

Japri Efendi
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According to Maslow’s The Theory of Human Motivation ,there are 5 numbers of human needs, ego is one of them. His believe that ego means self esteem and recognition.
I think that Napoleon might have this need when he wanted to rule France, but i am not sure if it fits to mother Theresa’s ego. She consciously help people that suffer without seek a reward and recognition.

Kisanak
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Agree with you, but i think there are too much needs in Maslow’s theory. Mother Theresa’s ego drove her to help others selflessly. I think it’s not about needs or wants. Maybe it’s more of a duty.

The interesting part in Mother Teresa’s case is when her ego drove her to become “no one”.

Geoffrey Danziger
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Ego is about achieving an objective (good or bad) that is felt comfortable to an individual, thus it is about being conscious in making decision. Making decision itself involves logic and rationality. So, if Mother Theresa didn’t have an ego then she was not conscious and didn’t have logic and rationality.

Craig
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Albert Einstein said: More the knowledge lesser the ego; Lesser the knowledge more the ego. when i see this quote, i feel that ego has been conducting human to selfishness since human encounter desires in their adolescent.

Agasatya
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We were born with ego in ourselves. Ego is in our DNA. Humans are social beings, when we play our role in society we try to understanding another human’s ego. People are different, when we accepted another human being character, our ego play its role. That’s the beauty of being social beings. Some time human needs to talk with him/herself, trying to know the path in life, it involves ego in it. We live side by side the others. That’s the time humans determine what their ego would be. I have made a lot of mistakes and learnt from it,… Read more »
Ashmi
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US news the past 2 days have been very bleak. What’s going on in Charlottesville, Virginia now with white supremacist, Neo-Nazi, and KKK coming out is absolutely and utterly horrible, and I think in this case ego has risen as foe. I just read the most disturbing news this morning that a man who calls himself the ‘Grand Dragon’ of KKK said he was glad that Heather Heyer, the woman who died after being rammed with a car while protesting white-nationalists on August 13th, had died. I mean, is he insane?? He said he was GLAD that a woman had… Read more »
Jaka
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Yeah, human ego must set its boundary. Human are individual-social being. We are free to do anything we want since we have the right to do so as long as we don’t harm other people.

Montana
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Ego is a natural emotion which every human have to deal with it in daily life. Ego drives toward human desires to get its objectivity. Ego leads our attitude, believe and action. Whether for the sake of goodness or resentment. Usually the wilderness that exist among us, mold the characteristic of our ego. Friends, space, hatred, goal determine what ego that we have. Is ego is our friend or foe?It depends what kind of your attempt(s) like, both need full conscience to maintain and control our ego, therefore if you want to get a good ego, you would need comprehend… Read more »
Stewie2k
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In my opinian Human ego a friend or foe?, sometimes it can be a friend and it can be an opponent too, maybe depends on the situation.

Positivity!
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What’s the difference between ego and self? Can anybody help me to understand?

No (More) Blues
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I would say that, before we know that we have ego, do we accept our own fear? this question came up when i read your question…

Kisanak
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I always accept my fear. It’s been protecting me since i was a kid. However, fear without ego wouldn’t going anywhere. That’s why i believe we have both fear and ego.

Kisanak
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Well, let’s start to help each other i guess haha…
I think Ego is the one that helps The Self feeling happy, in a more temporary way. Meanwhile, The Self is the one that balancing the needs between Ego and external world (other people). So, maybe we could see Ego as a short headed doer, while The Self as a thinker. What do you think Positivity?

Positivity!
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I think I have to read psychology books, and I don’t know yet whether the Ego is friend or foe. Hahahha

I know and accept ‘happy’ or ‘fear’ feeling when it comes, and I aware that sometimes I don’t know why that feeling comes. (@No (More) Blues)

Thank you for your explanation @Kisanak!

No (More) Blues
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Likewise Positivity!

Rama
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Human egos shaped the world? I beg to differ. A person with that “game changing” ego must be influenced by many things? Like society, hardship, or maybe some omnipotent being that whisper to them. Its ideas that changed the world and that game changing idea made people significant in the course of history. I see people and their ego itself can be seen as a vessel that brings ideas. But what do great minds do with its idea can corelate to their ego. There are two side of ego, it could be our friend or foe. Abraham Lincoln is a… Read more »
Kisanak
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What do you think? Is ego your friend or foe?

For me, ego definitely is a friend. It’s triggered me to do a lot of things, even much of it were stupid things with horrible consequences. In fact, my stupidity is what makes me realise & understand many things, which gradually would become part of my learning. What i mean is ego has driven me to act.

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