I suggested this topic to the LBC sometime way back when. I really don’t know what my ego had in mind back then, but let’s see where it goes right now and where the other members of the Loose Blogger Consortium take it. They are listed on the right hand side of the page where you can simply click, go and be delighted.
According to Freud, the ego is part of personality that mediates the demands of the id, the superego and reality.
- Kendra Cherry
Ahhh, science. We lose perspective on it’s observations in a multitude of ways and one of the most dangerous ways is in taking its descriptions as primarily real. As Einstein said when a colleague challenge an assertion that he made with, “That can’t be, it violates the laws of nature!”, he replied that nature has no laws, only physicists have laws.
In other words, a scientist tries to make observations of reality in a disciplined and empirical manner (as much as possible) and then describes it in a way that should be reproducible. Each description is subject to change as it is found to not be wholly consistent with new observations. The description is not to be confused with reality itself.
So the ego is what? It is a description, quite a useful description in many settings. But, it is nothing more than a description and there are times when it is a limiting description. Science at all levels is being forced to come to grips with the idea that reality isn’t something separate from our consciousness but rather a part of the tapestry of consciousness itself.
While new descriptions will be woven into that tapestry over what we perceive as time, meditation can remove all descriptions momentarily. Then, the iceberg above simply melts into the sea of being. The ego, which was simply a construct to begin with, is gone.