Ego is generated when the spirit/consciousness having the apparently physical human experience is ignorant of its true identity and purpose, and is of lower quality (has much to learn, understand and needs to evolve) -- it thus expresses fear, needs, wants, demands, expectations, desire, greed, in its attachment to, and manipulation of, the virtual physical reality. Ego is the sense of I manipulating the virtual physical reality to assuage its fear, and to secure and maintain its wants, needs, and desires -- it gives the physical more importance and exclusivity than it is due. Ego drives the action, when fear is the motivator. Ego and fear are the antithesis of compassion and love. Ego is the consciousness lost in a virtual physical reality manipulating the 10,000 things in a way to make itself feel better (less fearful). [MBT Forum 1]
Ego is the direct result of fear. Needs, wants, expectations, and desires are generated by the ego as part of its shortsighted strategy to reduce the anxiety produced by fear. Desire is generated by wants and needs but not all desire is fear-based or counterproductive. Basic (lower level) desires such as sex and hunger are not necessarily fear based, and the desire to improve yourself (if the motivation is correct) can be a strong positive incentive. In general, when I speak of desire, I am referring to the desire that arises in response to the needs of ego. [MBT Trilogy 1]
Fears Without Ego
First some definitions: Ego (ego) -- the sense of self defined in terms of separation and differentiation from others -- is a result of fear. The sense of self defined in terms of oneness with others is not called ego and is not a result of fear. In our culture, a sense of self defined in terms of oneness with others and All That Is is practically non-existent, both in fact and in concept, consequently, "ego" by common usage is the sense of self defined in terms of separation and differentiation from others. And, the sense of self defined in terms of oneness with others is not given a name since it does not exist in our collective reality.
This definition (the way I use the word, ego) subsumes the common psychological definition of ego -- the sense of "I" as a separate individual. The word "separate" logically implies "others", i.e., relative to, or contrasted/compared with, other individuals. Ego is the "I" in counterpoint to "you" and "them". The ego describes unique individual existence among other unique individuals in terms of relationship to those individuals.
Ego is about me -- me in juxtaposition/relation to others -- thus ego is represented by an inward pointing arrow (pointing toward me). How does that affect me? "Me" is the subject and object of ego. Love is about others. Thus Love is represented by an outward pointing arrow (pointing toward others). Ego is fear based. The unnamed antithesis of ego is love based. Ego is generated in reaction to fear (me in contention with them). Ego is a strategy, a device, to ensure that dealing with interactions with myself and others is positive for me - it is about what you get. Love is about what you give. Love, being about giving unconditionally to others, requires fearlessness. Conditions are needed to allay fears.
Back to the problem: pman: Let's imagine a man, with an average quality of consciousness, an average amount of fear and an average ego. Let imagine that for some reasons, the ego of that man temporally disappear. I guess that this man would be in a terrible fearful state (Because it would be now mask between him and his fears)?
Tom: The premise: "Let's imagine that for some reasons, the ego of that man temporally disappear" represents an illogical condition. If there is no ego, then there is no fear. One cannot just have ones ego disappear without getting rid of the fear that generates it. The statement defining the problem assumes an impossible situation and thus removes itself from a logical solution. Pman's solution: "I guess that this man would be in a terrible fearful state (Because it would be now mask between him and his fears)?" is illogical -- as any solution must necessarily be, . Ted, Ramon, and others were correct but convergence to a satisfactory answer to an illogical question is impossible. [MBT Forum 2]