Ego vs Pride

Ego

1/. the self of an individual person; the conscious subject.

2/. Psychoanal. the conscious mind, based on perception of the environment from birth onwards: responsible for modifying the antisocial instincts of the id and itself modified by the conscience (superego).

3/. one’s image of oneself; morale: to boost one’s ego.

4/. egotism; conceit.

 

 

 

Pride

1/. a feeling of honour and self-respect; a sense of personal worth.

2/. excessive self-esteem; conceit

3/. a source of pride.

4/. satisfaction or pleasure taken in one’s own or another’s success, achievements, etc (esp. in the phrase take (a) pride in).

5/. the better or most superior part of something; flower.

6/. the most flourishing time.

7/. a group (of lions)

8/. the mettle of a horse; courage; spirit.

9/. Archaic. sexual desire, esp. in a female animal.

10/. Archaic. display, pomp, or splendour.

11/. pride of place. the most important position ~ vb.

12/. (tr.; foll. by on or upon) to take pride in (oneself) for.

13/. (intr.) to glory or revel (in).

 

 

Although there are some overlaps, in general terms these definitions from the Collins dictionary show the clear difference between these two.

 

 

I heard John Kaminski in one of his interviews when asked about his website say he was proud of it. I thought Good on you John; and so you should be. The substance of his writing, his quality and quantity of material. All adding up to a great collection of work.

 

 

I friend recently showed me some of her artwork which she had been quietly working on for some while and it was a delight to share in her pride.

 

 

I long term mate recently clinched a contact at work due to all his efforts and standards he had carried out on previous projects. It was also great to pick up on his deserved pride.

 

 

To me to have pride in one’s work or abilities is perfectly healthy and fine. It just shows having levels of self-worth. It’s a contained confidence. After all wouldn’t we all want a dentist who is confident in their abilities. Likewise a car mechanic or tradesman. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some of this authentic confidence in real politicians and leaders in the world as opposed to their dark arrogant hubris.

 

 

I suppose it’s like anything, if one has enough self-discipline to control the limitations of anything. I guess balance is the key. If we have the ability to manage our egos/pride, then a little pride is actually a positive trait for each individual and society.

 

 

In fact I find people who are busy monitoring and judging others egos are really self-projecting and are people who haven’t achieved very much in their life; due to their deep-rooted lack of self worth. Their low levels of confidence to take on new challenges and have a go and make mistakes. They also find it difficult to praise others efforts. It’s a shame they can’t seem to see the difference between healthy pride and plain old ego.

 

 

Perhaps this is all self evident for many, but I think it is worthy of looking into and self-reflecting from time to time. In fact the ancient scripts cover the pulls of ego in great depth. None more so than the amazing Bhagavad Gita, with the story of Arjuna on the battlefield clearly battling with his inner battle of his ego and identity.

 

 

Lord Krishna said according to the Bhagavad Gita

“The fool, whose mind is deluded by egoism, considers himself to be the doer.”

What a wonderful wonderful world we would all live in if we could just control the reigns of our ego and address our true identities.

 

 

No more control freaks, no more power trips, no more dominance over others. No more asserting artificial authorities onto others, in the name of some ridiculous trumped up piece of legislation, uniform, badge and job title.

 

 

Think of the compassion, empathy in the world. Think about it! When we truly cared for the collective rather than our self interests and our precious egos and false identities. When we focused on the “us” rather than the “me”. Bliss, peace – freedom.

 

 

More and more of us now are slowly beginning to look at the roles we all have played in allowing this judaic virus to seep into our lives. Both Jew and Gentile alike.

 

 

We finally are recognizing the reality that we have to take responsibility to an extent for where we are now. We left the back door open, we were snoozing, we were in our happy anesthetized stupor. We were playing in ego land with our plastic identities.

 

 

Perhaps we ought to take a sneaky look at some of the teachings of all the great mystics. Perhaps they may just have been onto something. This is the inner strength which the likes of Gandhi have used as their spiritual reservoir.

 

 

Perhaps these were in fact the real experts we should have been listening to.

 

 

“So long as you are in the individual ego and not the universal level (Param-`Atman),

you will be thinking that you can do it yourself.” 

~ Swami Vivekananda from‘Thoughts on the Gita’

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3 Comments

  1. Snakey

     /  April 7, 2012

    Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing by George K Simon goes into the difference between healthy self-worth and unhealthy self-esteem and is an interesting read. To esteem oneself is narcissistic. We live in a highly narcissistic society, which I categorise as one of the manifestations of the virus. Research into narcissistic personality disorder is revealing especially when applied to certain group behaviour.

    Hmm, Ego, a construct made popular by one of the very people we aren’t suppose to trust.

    Pride – one of the seven deadly sins. These days people are encouraged to have “pride” instead of self-worth.

    Great blog, keep up the good work 🙂

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    • Snakey (interesting name – I presume you are a snake catcher 🙂 being that we are exposing the serpant people)

      Welcome to DFT.

      Thank you for your support. Also for this recommendation. Mmmhh interesting thoughts…… perhaps I should have written Pride vs Self-worth.
      Great, interesting comment.

      Yea ego, none of us are immune to the pulls of ego, like all our traits, I suppose we just have to keep checks on them.

      Thank you for contributing.

      Digger

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  2. Snakey

     /  April 9, 2012

    I was born in the Chinese year of the Snake and so it seemed like an apt pseudonym 🙂

    Reply

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