Decision-making occurs in the factory of the mind
And is informed by the spirituality of the heart.
According to Edmund Freud
There are three interactive pieces:
the Id, the Ego, and the Superego.
The ego is like a bridge
- architecturally creative
- aesthetically beautiful
- mechanically innovative.
We see evidence of the ego in our actions and interactions
- with the environment, people, self, and God.
The bridge is anchored
Never stands alone.
Like hands on each side of the bridge
Two separated landmasses hold a bridge in place.
On one side, there’s the landmass of the Id.
On the other side, there’s the landmass of the Superego.
The Id initiates a conversation saying,
“I am hungry!”
“I am sexually aroused now!”
“I must have leadership power now!”
The Superego responds,
“I am in the middle of a meeting, it’s not the right time to eat!”
“I can’t have sexual interaction, it’s inappropriate!”
“I can’t instigate a coup d’état, because . . .!”
The Ego, the bridge, then breathes a sigh of relief and says,
“How do I manage my hunger?”
“How do I manage my ravenous sex drive?”
“How do I manage my hunger for power?”
Id is the instinctive and primitive drive.
Superego is the moral conscience.
Ego is the decision maker – the bridge.
When the superego is spiritually and intellectually malformed,
The Ego, the bridge, weakens.
Then the Ego . . .
. . . separates rather than unites
. . . stands alone rather than in communion
. . . dominates rather than collaborates
. . . journeys alone rather than together
. . . stands on top rather than stands with
. . . desires competing rather than participating
. . . becomes destiny focused rather than experience focused
. . . manipulates and controls rather than invites
. . . becomes boastful rather than humble
. . . leads in front and forgets those behind
. . . excludes the weak and vulnerable rather than including them
. . . leads with colourful words rather than with humble action
. . . abandons the fallen rather than walking with them
. . . hardens the heart rather than opening it to listen
. . . makes self-decision rather than discerning with others.
And confuses colourful religious garbs and authority for authentic spirituality.
A well informed and formed superego anchors the egod
To decide how to . . . Together
Commune and Participate in Mission.
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I have never heard this explained so clearly. Thank you very much for sharing this.