Sigmund Freud theorized that there are three structures of our personality. These are the Id, Ego, and Superego. I tend to agree with him because I myself experience these seemingly internal conflicts.
- Id is the pleasure-seeking part of our personality. This is the selfish, evil part of us that thinks only of our own good and happiness.
- Ego is the “self” that delays satisfaction and channels libido into seriously acceptable outlets. This is that part of us that converts our “hidden desires” into workable, worthwhile, and more socially acceptable activities to find fulfillment in what we do.
- Superego is the moral part of that inhibits impulses of the Id, restrains the activity of Ego, and decides what’s right or wrong to conform to society’s moral standards. It is, in my belief, our “conscience” or “the voice of God within us” prompting us to do good and pursue what’s admirable, right and fair, not only for ourselves but for others, too.
These three personality structures are at war within all of us. And depending on our values and goals in life, we may choose only one or two of these. Or better yet, we could exert all our efforts to manage the conflicts within, with the help of God and other people.
The battle between good and evil rages within us every single day. And it is our daily, moment by moment choices that would determine the direction and outcome of our lives.
Your now is the product of your past choices.
Your now is the process of your future.
This is your now. What will you do with it?
“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.”
– Ecclesiastes 12:13-14