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Mormon Awakenings: Episode 40: Do You Notice Your Ego?

Jack Naneek shares two stories, one from his town, another from the Old Testament. Though separated by thousands of years, the two stories illustrate similar human tendencies and the universal problem of ego. Jack asserts that life’s first goal is to instruct us about ego, and to make us aware of its power in driving our behavior.


13 thoughts on “Mormon Awakenings: Episode 40: Do You Notice Your Ego?”

  1. Jack’s back!
    Great message, thanks!
    I never used to see it that the church is all about bullying goodness – yep, pride and ego to “lovingly” nudge us all to salvation – Satan’s plan. It’s OK to lie for the Lord, bully, abuse and force salvation?

    1. Thanks Tom. We are all just slaves to our egos if we don’t pay attention. And ego is neither good nor bad, in my view. It just seeks its own purposes.

  2. So glad you are back.
    I know 2 stories where a woman took in the love child of her ex after baby’s mother died. Graciousness exists.
    Would like to hear more about “turning off that voice” or methods to limit its influence
    Welcome back

  3. Dear Jack,

    Sooooooooo glad you are back!!!!

    Sorry for the multiple exclamation marks.
    Merely expressing my feelings.

    I have missed your posts more than you can know. Your viewpoint is more balanced than any other contributor on this website. Some of us are still active LDS (but with multiple huge questions) and need someone who can still see good in the church.

    Also, your posts usually have some eastern teachings influence to them, which is fascinating to me. Thanks Jack! Love your podcasts. Please ‘keep ’em coming’.

  4. I really enjoyed this episode. I know you don’t typically use music but I couldn’t help thinking of the John Hiatt song “Little Head”.
    “I’m just so easily led when the little head does the thinkin'”

  5. Dear Jack,

    Just now listening again to this podcast and I marvel that you have succinctly shared this insight with your listening audience. You are truly a ‘sage’.

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom with your listeners. I am ALWAYS intrigued and enlightened by listening to, and pondering your podcasts.

    From your first podcast to the latest one, I have always been touched by your ‘zen’ wisdom.

    I can’t thank you enough for the effort you put into producing these gems of understanding/wisdom.

    Merry Christmas,


    1. That’s high praise indeed. Thank you. I steal most if not all my ideas from others (more like all) but I do appreciate your support. Ekhart Tolle and Richard Rohr are two of my favorites to steal from! And Merry Christmas to you!

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