9. Difference Between Ego and Self-Respect
Months after the above incidents, I related the ego-crucified-Christ theology to my friend, Beth Lamont, widow of famed humanist, Corliss Lamont, RIP. After my words, she wisely asked, “What is the difference between ego and self-respect?” I responded as follows:
As I am using the term, “ego” is wanting to appear right even when wrong. That is, egotism, at all costs, wants to save face. However, self-respect is not, when wrong, wanting to appear right. This is because real self-respect cannot be garnered from hiding the truth to create a mere façade. After all, those who are impressed by an egotistical charade must be either foolish enough not to see through it or intimidated enough to feign their approval or sycophants with ulterior motives. And, veneration from such sorts does not supply the receiver with genuine self-respect. In fact, those who are unimpressed by such pretenses are the smarter and more sovereign folk, whose admiration or condemnation is what provides or denies true self-respect.