The Evolving Self


The Evolving Self

Individuals who develop to the fullest their uniqueness, yet at the same time identify with the larger processes at work in the cosmos, escape the loneliness of their individual destinies.

The type of ego that might pull us through is one secure enough to forgo desires beyond what are necessary. It will be one that relies on possessions that are not scarce. Instead of competing for the same symbolic resources, as Achilles and Agamemnon did, it will be satisfied with what is unique about itself and its experiences. And despite greater individuality, it will be a self identified with the greatest common good – not only with kin and country, but with humanity as a whole, and beyond humanity, with the principle of life itself, with the process of evolution. It is difficult to see at this point how humanity can survive otherwise.


Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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    Doesn’t this in itself then lead you to think that a lack of ego and a feeling of unity is more appropriate rather than a stabilised ego? In which case if it is stabilised it must still have desires, otherwise it would not be an ego directing the self, the me, since that is it’s definition: ego, the self, the me, εγώ!

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    Desire is the essence of our being. It is the driving force of our actions. The question is what kind of desire? Is it the desire to receive for the “me” alone, or is it for something that goes beyond?

    The goal is never to remove the Ego (nor can it be done), but to reveal more light. The darkness itself is an illusion, the same goes for the (negative) Ego. The paradox is that we cannot and shall not live without it – or otherwise, where comes the challenge?

    And the challenge to overcome our reactive system propelled by the (negative) Ego, the false Self, the one that desires to receive only for the self-alone, is what eventually makes us grow, and evolve, both individually and collectively.

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      We are not able to totally get rid of the ego, true. It is a choice whether we decide to allow ourselves to live and be driven by the ego.
      The challenge has nothing to do with the ego. It does have to do with improving the self. To maintain any support for a system based on a false image of ourselves is to stop any progress.
      Individuals who feel and believe that their ego drives them fail to see the bigger picture – the ego is a boundary in itself, a cage.
      Although we cannot get rid of the ego totally we can move towards living a life that is more useful, in service to humanity. We do have our own needs, to care for our family emotionally and financially but this is done as a result of the service we give to others.
      The ego cannot be split into positive and negative – this implies there is good in the ego, hence the individuals who feel that it helps them move forward. This is a lie. The ego cannot be split; it is only an excuse we give ourselves to justify our need for our own ego.
      The self image, the ego are images created as a result of society, environment and our own chosen beliefs.
      The question we should be asking is: Who would I be if I did not have these limitations?

      We fear to let go of our individuality, because then we could possibly be all the same. That is the ego.

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