The amount of deconditioning it requires for people to fully wake up. Even our language / concepts, has been rigged.
We need ego. The reason we think it is a bad thing is to discourage us from figuring it out. I am not advocating egotism.
Why do we use the word “ego” ?
Because Freud and Jung, psychology model.
What do they have to say about it?
There are three components to the mind and five components to our experience.
External stimuli (sensory)
Internal stimuli (intuition, emotions, nervous system, body awareness).
The three components of the mind are:
Id (idiom, what we aspire to conform to and be recognised as)
Super-Ego (dogmatic, conditioning, experiences)
Ego (the weights and measures system which puts the other four aspects into a functional order).
Without ego we are disfunctional.
So, what did society do?
Society told us to hate the ego.
It told us this so often and in so many ways we reject it. We assign the word as a derogatory concept to anyone who is...
...never mistake confidence for arrogance or egotism.
They’re closely related. The social rejection of egotism is used not only to prune people’s pegs i out but to knock people’s confidence. It’s a belittling, grinding us down where we should be rightly proud of accomplishments.
It’s built into people’s frames of references because the language we use creates a cognitive bias.
That’s one example of how deeply the brainwash goes.
A lot of people can’t deconditioning without having a mental breakdown because the shock of how entrenched it is, how much they rely on a false structure for stability. Often it’s more kind to not decondition them.
Sansara - “the confused or conditioned mind.”
That’s the super-ego, tempted by the id. Society has refined that delusion.