By: Jamie LaGrow
Jamie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions and comments.
Google defines the Latin word ‘ego’ as a person’s sense of self esteem or importance.
Now that we have an idea of what this word means, how can we get a thought on the effect this has on the news we read or watch everyday?
We’ve all heard this old adage. If you tell a person one sentence in a room of thirty people, and it’s passed along to each person one by one, by the time the sentence is repeated by the thirtieth individual, it’s not the same sentence at all.
Think of all the people that have repeated our news, before it finally gets to us.
News comes from many other people. Many other ‘selves’ that bring each story through to our eyes and ears over the airwaves or the internet. Some enjoy inflated egos, and some suffer from deflated egos. The most dangerous people suffer from over-inflated egos, and unfortunately this is the category that most popular news personalities fall into. People that surmise that their own self worth far exceeds that of their coworkers, their employers, and even their audience. Perhaps especially their audience.
MSNBC’S Mika Brzezinski gave an excellent example of the ego problem evident in MSM.
“He (president Trump) could have undermined the message so much that he can actually control what people think. And that, that is our job.” This statement was given and not one other panelist blinked an eye, showing the outright arrogance apparent in our media.*
Pettiness, cat fighting, and outright bad behavior come through our screens daily and nightly while this becomes the status quo. People thinking so highly of themselves, or so lowly, that self becomes the overwhelming issue instead of the news.
Not just for our news anchors and writers, but whoever tunes in religiously to their shows, or reads their articles and columns. The children in the home see adults acting in this bizarre way right on their televisions while they eat dinner, or get ready for school in the morning. What once was a smiling welcome from your favorite reporter with interesting guests and talking points, has become a panel of hostile people pitted up against each other with very opposing ideas, and scary attitudes backing them.
A strong ego is actually a big part of having a healthy state of mind. This person is confident, at ease, and is free to enjoy life because they are not obsessed with how they look, sound, feel. A person with a healthy ego doesn’t think of themselves constantly, because they have so many other things to focus on, and their self image is never one of them. Their self esteem is good, not wanting extra attention since they believe in themselves and don’t need validation from anyone externally since their values validate them internally.
Now, most people living in this system of things never achieve this. We are exposed to signals that effect our ego and self esteem from the time we are children. Perfect looking men and women on all our screens, articulate, charming, they have every possession possible under the sun. How can anyone compete with an airbrushed image?
This is not real life, but our kids don’t understand. It’s all so new, shiny and alluring. If you ever make the mistake of stepping into a mall, it smells pretty damn good too. How can you convince your child that this is false?
It’s hyped up to sell. Cues hook us so we all feel inferior. But if we rush out and buy just one more thing, maybe then we can attain this euphoria.
Indeed, parents have their work cut out for them if they don’t live anywhere near nature. In nature, life is messy and imperfect, yet beautiful just as it is. A campfire or bouquet of flowers can smell pretty damn good too.
Many kids don’t have this experience due to living in urban areas. Pressure from this fake, manufactured society builds. The child despairs because it can’t meet these phony standards that are shoved in his or her face daily. They begin to feel inferior, or other. Their self esteem lowers, and their egos deflate.
So to make up for this great imagined chasm that exists in their minds only, they pretend. Pretend that they are better than all others and not only meet these insane standards but exceed them. They prey upon other kids, since attacking them makes them feel higher or superior to them. By attacking a good looking or smart student and winning the altrication, they imagine they are somehow better, made up of greater stuff than the person they put down.
People with this affliction are always caught in the media trap. Buying whatever gadget or product they think will make them that much better, keeping up and passing the Jones’. Never seeing sunlight because they are stuck indoors staring at the harmful light of screens everyday. Not really living life, just watching fake people live phony lives. These folks are dangerous, but they could be worse.
Then there is the inflated, strong ego. This is the kid that got to play outside frequently. The one who played with animals, helped mom take care of a garden, or take care of grandpa when he got sick. This child is more down to earth, handles more real responsibility, and has a great idea of self worth because of it. This kid that helps walk the dogs, clean the house and do laundry has a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.
This is how we want everyone to feel, right? Isn’t it great to see confident people that have realistic ideas about life? That aren’t afraid to break a nail or get their hands dirty when it’s for a good reason? This is real fulfillment, and this is what everyone is striving for. Unfortunately, this is more rare.
However, lastly, there are the over-inflated egos, and these are the most dangerous.
Most over inflated egos start off as deflated ones. They run with their ‘nothing to lose’ attitudes and become something that truly is other. Something monstrous.
These kids grow into narcissistic, entitled adults that expect everything to be waiting for them. Because the mind has the power to make some thoughts real, this actually happens for a few. The setup in this world does tend to wait on such people, which is completely illustrated by our mainstream media.
Thus we are back with poor Mika, the achor who strives to ‘control what we think’.
In all fairness, at least she was honest. No one else has admitted it so candidly.
What kind of ego, or sense of self, does it take to become such a controlling individual? To actually control the narrative of the masses, whether it’s true or not?
In fact, if you have to manipulate the masses to believe something, it stands to reason that it is false and you have no business repeating it in the first place.
We are all capable of deciding what we believe individually.
It’s painful to have to give this reminder, since it shows how brainwashed our society has become. But we all have the power to discern the truth on our own. To dig for the answers instead of just accepting what the ‘beautiful people’ want us to know.
This helps us to build our own self image, instead of the masses building one collective ego for only a few of the chosen to enjoy. We have the power to validate ourselves, all by ourselves. By loving truth and hating lies, our self esteem soars, and it’s ours alone. No one can control it or take it from us. No one, no matter how big their ego may be, has the right or privilege to control what you believe.
Only you do.