After realizing that the ego impedes personal growth, I decided to study and contemplate about it. It then dawned on me that the ego is our enemy because it’s the primary source of anger and envy.
The ego as I defined in the article, The Era of the Ego and the Destruction of Intuition, is a feeling of self-importance. The ego makes you believe you are more important than other members of the society and, therefore, you must be heard, respected, admired, and followed. It makes you believe that you are always right and everybody else is wrong.
The ego can result in you being angered by petty issues. For instance, it can make you outraged by any action or word that appears to disrespect you. Insults (even from kids), and petty jokes will make you angry if you are egoistic. You’ll even get mad when people ignore you or argue with you because the ego believes you deserve admiration and you are always right.
Anger arises when you misinterpret things. The ego will thus make you prone to anger since it’s the King of misinterpretation. For instance, if an individual accidentally steps on your foot, the ego will believe it was intentional hence making you angry.
Besides causing anger, the ego also causes envy. You become envious when you feel resentful when other people progress, succeed, or attain something you don’t have.
The ego causes envy because it hates to see others appear more important than you. If your neighbor succeeds or buys something you believe makes her more important than you, the ego feels bad because your neighbor’s progress makes it feel inferior or less important. The ego always wants you to be ahead of everybody so that you become the most important person. It’s hurt when others progress faster than you and appear more important hence making you feel envious.
For this reason, the next time you feel angry or envious, realize that it’s the ego causing these feelings. Then separate yourself from the ego and know that it’s an illusion since it isn’t your true self. Your true self is an extension of Infinite Intelligence/Cosmic Consciousness, and it never gets angry because it interprets everything positively. Moreover, it’s never envious because it understands that we are all connected and we must rejoice in others’ success.
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8 Major Reasons Why Ego is the Enemy
Ego is an exaggerated sense of self-importance. Although it has enabled many individuals to succeed, its side effects have made it the main cause of failure, hatred, separation, and all other negative factors. Here, I’ll enlighten you about the disadvantages of the ego by providing the eight major reasons why ego is the enemy.
1.Ego is Competitive
The ego makes you competitive because it wants you to be better than everyone else. It wants to feel important because it hates equality. This competitive mindset induced by the ego makes you less creative and impatient. Besides, it makes it difficult for you to collaborate with people to achieve a common goal.
2.Ego Prevents You From Focusing on the Process
It’s difficult to build your skills when you are egotistic because the ego focuses more on the end-goal than the process. It mostly cares about results, showing off, glory, and admiration, hence increasing your chances of failure.
3.Ego Prevents You From Making Friends
The ego prevents you from making friends because it makes you arrogant and self-centered. Few people love arrogant, and self-centered folks because they are prone to envy and hate. Furthermore, the ego prevents you from making friends because it loves dominating all conversations to prove that you know everything.
4.Ego makes you Overestimate Your Abilities
Ego makes you believe you can handle everything on your own hence preventing you from working with others. It also makes you unwilling to learn from other folks because it believes you know everything. Moreover, it eliminates the desire to improve your skills because it makes you think you are too skilled for improvement.
5.Ego Makes you Give up Easily
The ego focuses on the outcome and therefore makes you give up easily when you don’t get the desired outcome after a certain period. Moreover, it wants quick success and will thus make it difficult for you to embrace patience when success seems far.
6.Ego results in Poor Decision Making
The ego desires acknowledgment and acceptance. For this reason, it results in you making decisions that align with the need for glory and fame instead of making decisions that will help build your career or improve your skills. Besides this, it prevents you from asking for advice when making important decisions because it makes you excessively arrogant.
7.The Ego Makes You Judgmental
The ego loves judging people so that it feels better than them. It makes you focus on finding faults with other people so that you feel superior to them.
Judging is bad because it disconnects you from love hence preventing you from aligning with Infinite Intelligence, which is a loving power.
8.The Ego Leads to Envy
The ego makes you believe you are the only one who deserves progress hence making you envious when you see other people make progress.
Read ‘Why Ego is the Main Source of Anger and Envy’ for more details on how the ego causes envy.
That being said, you must learn to control your ego because its negative effects can lead to unhappiness and prevent you from making progress.
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Three Amazing Factors That Prove God is Highly Interested in the Continuation of All Living Things
N/B – In the article, I use the terms, ‘God’ and ‘him’ to refer to The Creator/Infinite Intelligence/The Universe/The Source of All Things.
While meditating on the relationship between God and the physical world, it dawned on me that God is highly interested in all living things and ‘he’ can’t live without them.
He thus programmed living things in the following ways to ensure their continuity.
He programmed most living things to:
Many living things, including us, are programmed to fear death. For this reason, we run for our lives when we face death although we don’t know what will happen after we die.
Everything could have gone extinct if all creatures never feared death. The Creator thus ensured most creatures survive by making them fear death, and avoid it when possible.
The Creator could have designed sex to be the most boring thing on earth. After all, he can do anything. However, he made sex a pleasurable activity to make many living things want to engage in it. Besides, he designed the sexual urge to be so irresistible to many creatures that some kill each other and risk injury for sex.
Sex is unavoidable, and individuals who abstain for long periods suffer from cardiovascular diseases, stress, and a weak immune system. Some creatures, for instance, dogs become very aggressive if you deny them their right to mate. Besides this, even if you try to abstain, the sexual urge will make you desire sex. This urge wants you to preserve the human species.
If God could not have designed sex to be irresistible, all living things could have abstained from it, and the abstinence would have led to their extinction. For this reason, sex was meant to ensure the continuation of all living things.
3.To Be Harsh With Their Young
Many creatures are designed to fiercely protect their young. The Creator programmed animals to be protective with their young to ensure the continuation of all species. Many creatures would have gone extinct if their parents never protected them fiercely.
With this in mind, it’s clear that God treasures our survival so much that he doesn’t allow extinction. He could have allowed the extinction of all living things to happen a long time ago if he wanted, but he avoids doing so because he treasures the physical world. Maybe he can’t survive without us because he deeply loves us or he is us.
What’s your opinion on this topic? Why do you think God is highly interested in the continuation of all living things?
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