Ego is pretending to be something you are not.
Again, as you can see from the multitude of definitions offered, this is not the
definition of ego, but your
definition, or a
definition. Likewise, your "evolutionary process" from mangy street protester to slick Republican Party lobbyist is not the
path, but a
path towards making changes in society.
I am just being factual and describing the process, answering the question and putting it in context
These "facts" are personal truths, not absolute truths that apply everywhere, every time.
Doesn't the tenacity with which you cling to these "facts" give you pause? I agree with you that appealing to the good nature of "decision makers," captains of industry and one of the two political parties is one way to make change in the world, but it is not the only way, nor even the "most effective" way, necessarily, depending upon the conditions you wish to change as well as the powerful parties' relationships to that system.
All of this sounds like a fear-based recipe for pushing conformity to the status quo and for resisting radical change. Tom, amongst other radical thinkers, has suggested that truly revolutionary ideas do not come from the center, which is there to provide stability, but from the borders...
edit: used some unmeasured language there & edited it out, sorry to those who read it.
My intention here is not to attack you personally, but to provide my reaction to your ideas. I feel like you are judging and treating dismissively those elements of society who are attempting to make changes from outside the system, and this feels harshly reactionary to me. I suppose in a way I am seeing if I am able to change your mind, which may have some elements of ego in it.
Montana counseled me against judging you, but it feels like I (people of my sort) are being judged, and so my gut reaction is to return the judgment. I suppose this shows I have some "room to grow."