It’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Western thought idealizes the ego as the thinking, feeling and acting subject that is conscious of itself, it’s responsible for reality testing and provides a sense of personal identity. All that said, let this
western definition melt in the ocean. I want to lift the curtain, let me explain the true significance of the term ego. Bring it on the stage.
The real metaphysical definition of Ego that is of concern here is the I in ego. As in I the ego man, who by reason of his divinity makes and remakes as he wills. In this lie his greatest strength and his greatest weakness.
Maariya thinks similar to Muhammad Allama Iqbal (1877/1938).
Part 1- Ego reveals itself as part of our mental states. For example, the mental state can not exist in isolation, and so mental states intertwine with one another and that is what we call the mind. Mental unity is absolutely unique of course, it does not concern itself with material, distance, time, conscious or the unconsciousness (previously mentioned in regard to ‘I do not have a title‘ and ‘01/01/2016‘).
To sum up; ego is not space-bound as the body is space-bound, mental and physical events are both in time, however the ego takes no notice of this.
-So would it be fair to suggest that true time duration belongs to the ego alone?
Part 2– A second characteristic of the ego has to be its essential privacy which reveals the uniqueness of every ego. So my desire for something is my own, its satisfaction means private enjoyment. My satisfactions are my own and they are unique. They’re an anomaly to society, and that bothers me.
In short; pleasures, pains and desires form a part of the private ego alone. Thus your ‘recognition’ of places/people refers itself to your past experience- not the past experience of another ego. This unique interrelation of our mental state which we express by ‘I’ opens the door to the problem of psychology…
-What is the nature of ‘I’?
According to the beloved Nietzsche, man has become the kind of being that negotiates its environment by asking questions about it- in terms of knowledge and truth. BUT this ego is called upon to live in a complex environment and cannot maintain a system which delivers assurance to the behavior of things around it. This environment is a system and not a friend of the nature of Reality. So the ego understands and masters its environment through which it amplifies its freedom.
-So how does man guide and direct his ego with regard to his freedom?
I guess how we put this ego to use is what makes every single one of us unique. I guess it’s how we are taught to use our free will. I suppose each and every experience is nothing but our reaction to it. I suppose I should refer back to the set teachings I was taught to marry and that will be the key to my success.
So if we are saying that the ego directs us to make distinctions so then what gives importance to our personal opinions then what guides the ego? The ego of itself is possessed of nothing. It is a mere ignorant child of innocence floating in the Mind of Being, but through the door of its consciousness must pass all the treasures of God.
Yet we know that the only thing which distinguishes the people is righteousness:
“And We did certainly give Moses the Torah and followed up after him with messengers. And We gave Jesus, the son of Mary, clear proofs and supported him with the Pure Spirit. But is it [not] that every time a messenger came to you, [O Children of Israel], with what your souls did not desire, you were arrogant? And a party [of messengers] you denied and another party you killed.” -Holy Quran 2:87
It’s not how we deal with our life, it’s how we shape our mind in regard to the family we are born into. What we become from then on is a mind dedicated to the will to truth, will to knowledge, will to power, will to love, will to happiness, a will to complete satisfaction.
Ask me what the problem is.
This will was never meant for us, it was something given to us in order to test us. Why else do you think we
weren’t born equals but are taught that we are. Beings with their egos are the most powerful of life- second best to aliens if you bring them into the picture of course.
You know what makes it all so beautiful… The Qur’an and The Hadith. Stories that entail seamless words of wisdom. Learn from them and you will ease your mind, take only the best from your conscious and tie it into your unconscious.