eÂ·go – [ee-goh, eg-oh]
1.the â€œIâ€ or self of any person; a person as thinking, feeling, and willing, and distinguishing itself from the selves of others and from objects of its thought.
2.Psychoanalysis. the part of the psychic apparatus that experiences and reacts to the outside world and thus mediates between the primitive drives of the id and the demands of the social and physical environment.
3.egotism; conceit; self-importance: Her ego becomes more unbearable each day.
4.self-esteem or self-image; feelings: Your criticism wounded his ego.
5.(often initial capital letter) Philosophy.
a.the enduring and conscious element that knows experience.
b.Scholasticism. the complete person comprising both body and soul.
6.Ethnology. a person who serves as the central reference point in the study of organizational and kinship relationships.
Goal – Make the greatestÂ amountÂ of progress with the least amount of effort in the least amount of time which in this case is the shortest month of the year.
Results – Mission Accomplished!
As you already may know, these entries are actually mental notes for myself that are made available to others who may find them useful. The construction of this building is beginning to take shape and since the last day of the month is here, it is best to close out on a solid basis, in order to move forward with the same momentum
The title of this post has been in the works for a few years now, awaiting the appropriate time to beÂ unveiled. From my thorough analysis of what is really going on beneath the surface, I have settled on the fact that most of what it is that I am seeing on the Internet is tied in to the root fundamental human concept known as The Ego.
For those more familiar with the concept, there has been a largeÂ amountÂ of discussion and debate in philosophical circles regarding the pros and cons of the human ego since ancient times, yet I at this point will set a newÂ challenge for myself to go where most will most likely not, based on my own analysis and experiences.
Through observing the popular social network micro blogging website known as Twitter, I seem to notice an interesting pattern in which a majority of individuals always are sure to have a greater amountÂ of followers, and a lesser number of people that they follow, and when I fall into my usual habit of asking about the reasons why, the answer that I am left with is simply THE EGO.
It seems that the root cause of it all, and the latest trend in social networking in all forms,Â whetherÂ status notice responses and image displays, stems from individuals with the desire to feel important and recognized by others, which has led to some form of a global competition to see who can gain the most respect and admiration from the group, yet I would calculate it to be a lost battle for any who chooses to compete in the first place, as it is based on a desire toÂ receiveÂ as opposed to giving, and if each and every individual in theÂ competitionÂ is out to gain respect, it will no longer leave any with the ability to offer it.
Of course, this is a tremendousÂ challengeÂ for me an anyone to behave in a different manner as I believe that we are all socialized from an early age to seek admiration and praise from the group, beginning inÂ elementaryÂ school in which the teacher rewards the behaviors of children who act inÂ accordanceÂ with the teachers and authoritiesÂ definitionÂ of ideal behavior, and it leads to a continuing competition to see who can gain the mostÂ popularityÂ andÂ notoriety, also known as respect.
It also shows to be considered a punishment to think and act outside of the ideal definition of appropriate behavior, with consequences andÂ repercussionsÂ for such a stance, yet as I reflect on my own childhood experiences, I can simply say the the repercussion is shown to have caused me to tune out the conditioning that the other kids wereÂ receivingÂ and form my own program while I had the time.
For whatever reason as a child, I wondered who and what gives any human the ability to decide what is appropriate behavior for another and have that standard adhered to by many without question, and why humans are so dependent on others for their acceptance.
Now as a grown up, I see it unfolding leaving me to ask the question
Why do we often hunger so much to be liked or avoid being disliked by others?
My stance is that these tendencies are actually a reversal of what is actually healthy, which is to have your very own independent opinion of yourself as the core foundation of your self estimate, so since I practice what I preach, and walk what I talk, I will simply close out the month of February with a blast from the past, which is a standard of life that I will use in my approach in the future.