Ego is your worst enemy. You can’t do whatever you want, whenever you want. It won’t allow you to forgive easily. It has a better memory than you. It forces you to adhere to certain standards. It blinds you from your own faults.
Ego is your best friend. You can’t do whatever you want, whenever you want. It won’t allow you to forgive easily. It has a better memory than you. It forces you to adhere to certain standards. It blinds you from your own faults.
Let’s talk transactional
Let’s imagine the world plays with checks and balances, but with ego bucks. For example, if you pay ego bucks to a certain someone or something, let’s call them “Egostroms” (Nordstroms but make it ego), would you get those ego bucks back? No, you don’t lose them per se, but in that specific transaction, you exchanged ego bucks for whatever goods it might be; happiness, love, peace, friendship, self-worth, trust. So you exchanged 3 ego bucks for happiness like alright, it’s a done deal. It says 2-year warranty, so you’re for sure set. A couple of months pass and the product of happiness is kind of over and done with, can you get a refund? Unfortunately, no. The fine print said, ‘if bought in ego bucks, returns aren’t eligible unless purchased with an Egostrom card, then you can get store credit’. Sounds like a good deal, the Egostrom card seemed like a smart investment to me. I can return my once purchased happiness and/or future purchases for something new. Who knows, maybe love this time. Of course, you forgot to read the fine print, again. Interest was accumulating, a good 20% of insecurity, loss of self/pride, confusion, frustration, embarrassment. Alright, but for love? So worth it, I’ll go in debt, whatever. Egostroms was a smart business, they make most of their money off of interest.
In addition, Egostroms gets new customers every day, who exchange ego bucks for goods who eventually turn into Egostrom cardholders. In terms of transactional purposes, it seems as if the customers get poorer, while Egostroms gets richer. But don’t we all know, money can’t buy happiness. So really, who is richer? Trick question: neither of them.