Re: Aikido and Preserving Ego
Ego is always discussed as though it's a Bad Thing. Maybe it isn't?
A gall bladder is not a Bad Thing. We are much better off with it than without it, unless it's unhealthy. Then we have to remove it because we can live without it.
You can't really just remove your ego. But some people have observed that obtaining a healthy ego is a lot more like removing the old one and replacing it with a better one than it is like working out muscles to make them stronger.
I'm rambling here, but it seems like these ideas address some of the points made in this thread.