Ego means the self, the individual, one’s own person as defined by psychologists, philosophers, social scientists, theologians, etc. The self or ego is per definitionem an image of Gold the Almighty, as opposed to another person or living being.
That is why I was so fascinated by a televised documentary on elephants some days ago. Not only do they have gigantic feet that can feel the most delicate of vibrations or quakes, they also have their trunk which serves as a nose for breathing, can pick up about 400 different scents, thus more than a dog can, helps them to put food into their mouths and can be used as an all-round tool for multiple other purposes.
However, what fascinated me most, was the mirror experiment. It seems that when scientists presume animals to be highly intelligent, they devise a mirror experiment. Those animals that realize that they are the individual shown in the mirror prove that they can comprehend the abstract notion of an individual self, as opposed to the other animals and babies around them. The more the shame that these wonderful creatures are hunted for the ivory of their tusks.
And human beings? Are we truly conscious of our inner “self”? Or more often than not just take ten selfies in front of any sort of background without really reflecting on what and who we are?
It may seem funny enough looking at all those selfies – or getting an “external selfie” done by your boy-friend (I am quoting Django Asül here) and trying to recognize the background – eventually. But isn’t it worth more looking at your inner self, your ego, and considering if everything is fine or worth changing a bit?
Self or ego also have to do with selfish or egotistical. Being selfish is not bad in itself. Being selfish has to do with mindfulness, taking care of yourself, being good first and foremost to that body and mind that are yours, just as Christ talked of when he said to care for yourself. Only then will you be able to take good care of others and fulfill what God has commanded us to do.
When was the last time you did something good to yourself? Don’t wait, do it now: Sing a song, massage someone’s back, make that phone call, whatever. You’ll feel way better and you will sleep better. Be an elephant.
For the fun of it, a children’s rhyme I (still) adore:
Once there was an elephant
Who tried to use the telephant,
No no, I mean an elephone
who tried to use the telephone,
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