Escape 26: It’s all about you and me. Yes, it’s personal, but the personal is the social.


I promised to write about ego. This post from February 2014 is the last about Becker’s book Escape from Evil hence the title Escape 26. In it I introduce Norbert Elias’ work but the whole post is about ego. I still have things to write about ego, but this is a good start.

Roger Albert - Always a Sociologist

Escape 26: It’s all about you and me.  Yes, it’s personal, but the personal is the social.

So, I’ve managed to stay on schedule and write a blog post every day for the last 25 days.  It’s been an exercise in discipline as much as anything.  Why have I done this?  Why have I done anything in my life?  Why have you?  I’ve been thinking about this for a long time and reading all the relevant material I could get my hands on.  A lot of my attention has been and still is on the concept of morality and what it means to me as an individual and to the various groups I ‘belong’ to.  In thinking about this, I like to use the metaphor of the dance.

Life for each of us is a dance, a dance between self-aggrandizement and self-effacement, between ego and group, between me and you…

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