RE: virus: Existence and Ego

Richard Brodie (
Thu, 11 Sep 1997 15:27:45 -0700

On Thursday, September 11, 1997 1:42 PM, Brett Lane Robertson
[] wrote:
> Because I implied an active ego and a passive ego as well as a self which
> constructed, I have used one more term here to refer to the concept of
> "self" which is the construct of "Self"--I have kept the term "Self"
> "construct" and said that given Self as that which constructs and the act
> constructing, there must be that which is constructed (though I am not
> ego since I am further defining "ego" to be a interdependent on sadism
> masochism and therefore no longer either the constructor or constructed
> (see Also, assuming that ego
> becomes inflated, I am saying that this inflation must be at the expense
> something. If the Self (which does the constructing) is held
> constant--operationally-- and ego inflates, then "self" ("social self")
> be what is expended.
> I am also implying that the Self could be sacrificed at the expense of
> social self. Comments on what is sacrificed, the original concept of
> ("I think") or the socially constructed self ("I am")? I have posited
> idea that the answer is not "ego" since ego is an inflation of "I"
> begetting and beget by opposition, that it is truely only a construct;
> though I am saying that either the self or Self is constant and that the
> other is sacrificed to the ego.
> Brett
> Returning,
> rBERTS%n
> Rabble Sonnet Retort
> "This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of
> Thursdays."
> Arthur Dent

Putting aside the naming and unnamed, and positing for the nonce that
ego/Ego and "s"elf can be both constructor and constructed, never one
without the other and opposition does nothing more than underscore the
dichotomy (yeah, underscore the dichotomy -- I LIKE that! My brother always
said there are two kinds of people in the world, those who dichotomize and
those who don't) this notion of sacrificce and self-sacrifice/"S"elf and
exploding the Ego inward and of course outwardly the ego too explodes,
never mind the why's or wherefores, and you call that thinking?

Has anyone here seen "Waiting for Godot?"

Richard Brodie
Author, VIRUS OF THE MIND: The New Science of the Meme
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