EGO is a book that takes you on journey of human evolution. A journey that has a beginning but has no end, and the final chapters cover our next stage of evolution – enlightenment. The authors have decided to intertwine stories associated with the events of 9/11 and so you find yourself being educated on two fronts; but why intertwine an event as tragic as 9/11 with human evolution in a book about ego? It is an interesting concept and one that worked for me as the reader. Simply put, the events of 9/11 were all about the ego and you learn to understand this as you read.
I wanted a book that helped me understand what the ego was and how I could learn to control it. I think EGO did a fine job on the former but not so much on the latter – but I certainly feel like my education surrounding the ego has improved considerably as a result of this book.
Why did I pick up this book?
I don’t like the feelings that the emotions of sadness and shame stir up in my body. My mind is consciously aware of this fact and so it tries to avoid actions that create these emotions. Yet almost in parallel to this fact, my mind also makes me act in ways that cause sadness and shame. It is this paradox that is currently occupying my thoughts. If I don’t like shame and sadness then why do my behaviours sometimes act like a magnet for them?
I am starting to realise that my actions are normal; my definition of normal being the way that most humans behave. But there is something going on in my mind right now, something gnawing away at me, telling me that the way that I am behaving is not right. This is happening because I am asking questions. This is happening because I think I am evolving. All my questions keep coming back to my ego. All my actions keep coming back to my ego. This is why I picked up this book. I need to understand more about this function of my mind, learn how I feed it and see if I can control it to become a better person.