Are we indeed “evil creatures” and need some governing authority in our lives to regulate our behavior? If so, what authority? In my experience, there is an aspect of my intellect that only loves itself. It has been defined by many wise teachers as the “ego” but their definition is sometimes confusing.From a spiritual perspective, ego means considering oneself to be distinct from others and God due to identification with the physical body and impressions in various centers of the subtle body. In short ego is leading our life as per the thinking that our existence is limited to our 5 senses, mind, and intellect and identifying with them to various degrees.In layman’s terms one can define ego as pride about oneself. Thoughts such as my body and mind, my intellect, my life, my wealth, my life partner and children, I should acquire happiness, etc. arise from ego alone.Ego, awareness of the self, pride, conceit and ‘i’ness are words related to the word ‘ego’ but on a psychological plane. For the sake of simplicity, let us call it “intellect devoid of love”. And let us call egoism the philosophy that ego is the most important thing. Many of those who lead our institutions overtly or secretly follow this philosophy and have organized themselves into a mutually supported global power. Many people think that they are evil. They are addicted to power, and what is necessary is to have a global “intervention” where we communicate to them how they have hurt others and also to be honest with themselves about how they have enabled their disruptions overtime. In other words, we need a revolution. Because the root of all evil is egoism, or addiction to ego. And the Supreme Loving Consciousness is the only legitimate governing authority that should guide our behavior. More and more are recognizing this. Let us put aside our petty differences and help each other see the egoism that we have a hard time seeing when we are so focused on the destructive behaviors of others. Let there be Love Revolution! Let the forces of Life overthrow the egotist tyrants externally and internally!If we come out of the negativity of ego and try to truly understand what the unique method for dealing egoistic desires then we will be faraway from many evils with their roots.The biggest confusion for people who get into spirituality is with regards to their “Ego”. It’s common for spiritual people to consider Ego as negative; but in truth, it’s not Ego that’s negative but thoughts based in fear that are negative. Ego is Ego; it’s not negative or positive. What you “think” determines whether you are aligning with negative or positive. The way I define Ego is that it’s the structure in your mind that gives a “person” identity; it serves a very practical purpose for physical interaction of humans.You are unique as an expression of universal consciousness and your uniqueness is reflected in the preferences or desire that your physical being comes up with – your brain/mind/heart comes up with the desires based on its unique natural conditioning/external conditioning (the structure of personal Ego). Each of your desire has a huge value because it causes expansion in life and you act as a co-creator of new realities. So your Ego has a very important part to play in the game of co-creation. The Ego desires new realities through its preferences and the universal consciousness brings forth the manifestation of these realities and keeps them in place.So give up on the negative loop of trying to quell your ego, and allow yourself the freedom to express your uniqueness through your desires/preferences. Life is not here to condemn you for your desires, it’s here to embrace all of it and bring it to manifestation. You are totally loved by life just the way you are, it has no conditions for you, it’s is totally appreciative of the value you provide through your uniqueness – it’s important that you realize how valuable your presence here is.