There is a fine line between what we call someone’s ego and someone’s self-importance. Just like there is a fine line between a self-destructing tank and an armoured vehicle that protects you from frag.

One of the two, the latter to be precise is akin to armour you should never take off. One’s self-worth and the importance he/she places with it, is of the essence; it is one of the most important things in life.

Unless one learns to evaluate, appraise and most importantly appreciate their own self, said individuals will never succeed.

And a failure to do this appraisal, with full justice and absence of bias is what constitutes true tragedy, wrote Arthur Miller. Being humble however has nothing to do with knowing your own worth. In face it complements it.

Even Our Lord Jesus Christ, kept his head down and let Caesar have power over him. In fact, humility is still one of the most basic tenets of Christianity.

Knowing you are better than someone in skill and personality and still being humble enough to stop and listen to what they have to say is one of the best things any person can do: it is the ideal in today’s world.

Now coming to ego. Well it’s a fine line.

When you stop doing justice to yourself and let bias creep into your self-evaluation, thereby making it wrong and ineffective, you give in to your ego.

And that ego, much like Kurt Russell’s Ego from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol II will swallow your happiness and the happiness of the ones you love and value above yourself.

It will colour your judgement by making you feel threatened by the success of others, whereas healthy self-love will only egg you on to succeed better yourself.

So in the end, it is up to you to think: do you need something that protects and betters you or something that will destroy your judgement.

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