Human Ego, a Friend or Foe?

Closure for “Is Democracy Dying?

Democracy is a system attempting to accommodate and uphold fairness, equal opportunity, human rights (and responsibility), and justice within a community, society and nation. In Western modern democracy, at a state or governing level, democracy is a check and balance system implemented by Judicial (the Court), Legislative (the Congress/Parliament), and Executive (Government) bodies, while Election is the mechanism used to determine who the leaders will be. Have we been successful? Well, it depends on how we perceive democracy.

In the US, for example, the four essential elements (Court, Congress, Government, and Election) mentioned above are exercised according the rules. Does it make everyone happy? Obviously not. The number of people participate in Election keeps decreasing, not because of the system, but because of the output of the system, and political attitude of most politicians.

Democracy is not a perfect system, so we shouldn’t expect a perfect outcome. If the (economic) welfare of the people is the utmost importance, then democracy is not the only system that has the chance to deliver it. Qatar, for instance, is more democratic than Saudi Arabia, but it doesn’t run the Western modern democracy either. The good thing is that its annual income per capita reaches over U$ 80,000; not only the highest in the world, but also way above any affluent Western countries. China is definitely not a democratic country, but its economic growth has been the highest in the past twenty years.

So, how do we measure the practiced democracy as true, partial, false or even never exists? We have three options. First is whether the check and balance, and election are exercised in accordance to the rules, regardless of not only the corrupt attitude of the politicians but also the consequential result(s) of the system, good or bad. Second is the level of welfare of the people regardless whether the system is democratic or not. Third is all of the above, meaning that the system is democratic, and the people’s welfare is high.

Our perspective may not be amenable by some or most people, but we would like to urge people to use the right measuring tool(s) when evaluating the success and/or failure of something. On this closure, we would like to thank your participation by giving your questions, views, and opinions; it’s been nothing but enrichment to us all. Although we are already moving on to another subject, you are still welcome to continue giving comment on this matter.

Present Subject

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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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 »
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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