Tuesday, May 2, 2006

The spirit of the ego

First things first.

  

(belated)  Chris!  Hope you enjoyed your day :) my dear sister.

 

Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear but around in awareness.  --James Thurber

 

At a recent staff meeting a co-worker and I engaged in a short debate.  My co-worker made the observation that "People are instinctively led by their ego and make their decisions to suit themselves.  That's how the world operates and that's how people are."

At the sound of those words, a discordant string snapped inside me.  "I disagree.  It is the spirit that leads an individual; after all, if you crush a person's ego the person can and will carry on...they are not defeated. Their spirit will take it from there.  But crush a person's spirit and you take everything away.  They are more likely to feel defeated and just give up."

This wasn't necessarily a who is right or wrong discussion but rather two very different perspectives based on two completely different backgrounds.  But now I'm curious; anyone else care to weigh in?

6 comments:

my3gifts said...

Dona I agree with you. Ego's can inflate and deflate so quickly and often...the spirit/soul of a person is much more resistant, and takes a much longer time to come back and is never the same. Which isn't always a bad thing, but still neve the same.

labdancer51 said...

I agree with you Dona, I don`t believe all people are self serving. :o)

Sandra xxxx

cdittric77 said...

I'm with you, Dona. Spirit all the way.

Peace and love,
Charley
http://journals.aol.com/cdittric77/courage

karebear4x4 said...

As from my experience with my illness, Spirit is never lost   i'm with you all the way on this Dona:-)~kbear

libragem007 said...

I agree with you Dona..yes...ego is what? pride isn't it? (I'm bad with dictionary..I'll have to look it up) if someone's spirit is crushed, that person won't feel much motivated to go on..because deep down s/he will feel: "why bother?" but crush the ego or the pride, I guess the person will just be upset and walk away. This is my understanding.
I agree with you all the way.
Gem :-)

chrismlt said...

Hi Dona!

Thank you for the birthday wishes!  This will not be an easy year.  I know you know why, you've already been thru it.  (hint- how old am I?)

I agree totally with you!  I wish I were as good with words as you are.

Love ya!

Your sis,

Chris