Re: Aikido and Preserving Ego
Ego,simply put, it your own self perception. It is neither good nor bad. It is something to be aware and conscious of because it can distort or "filter".
Certainly being a legend in your own mind (machismo) is a form of egotism as expressed in western terms, but that concept does not entirely frame ego.
There have been many discussions on ego here. Might want to look them up to gain some insight on what others have talked about from time to time. Welcome.