What is the ego Part 3
The natural and right attention to one's needs becomes enlarged to the point of tyranny. The ego then exists only to serve itself at all costs, aggressive to, and exploitive of, all others. It must be repeated: an ego there must be if there is to be a World - Idea. But it has to be put, and kept, in its place ( which is not hardened selfishness). It must adjust to two things: to the common welfare and to the source of its own being. Conscious tells him of the first duty, whether heeded or not; Intuition tells him of the second one, whether ignored or not.
From Perspectives - The Timeless Way of Wisdom - The Notebooks of Paul Brunton