We Live In An Ego-Based World — And That’s Okay

Herbie J Pilato
4 min readDec 3, 2022

As Long As We Shed A Little Light Along The Way

For the last fifty years, I have studied every major religion in the world. I have read thousands of books about every culture, creed, and spiritual belief.

And what have I discovered?

God comes to us as we believe God to be. If our spiritual definition is Christian or Catholic, then God comes to us through Jesus. If we are of the Jewish faith, then God comes to us through the teachings of Abraham and Moses, and so forth, and so on, and so good.

In each case, Love is the common denominator in each belief.

And I always capitalize “Love,” because as far as I can tell, “Love” is “God,” and “God” is “Love.”

But how do we Love and live in an ego-based world?

And let’s face it, we live in an ego-based world, right?

Of course, we do. There’s no escaping that.

And that’s okay — as long as we shed a little light along the way.

Take it from me — someone who for decades has worked in the entertainment industry, which is about as ego-based a career as you can get.

Actors, singers, dancers, writers, and directors are always talking about or promoting their work; in effect, themselves; because more times than not, they are their work; their life is their work.

As a writer, that’s definitely the case with me.

But I try to be very conscious of all that and, in the process, to shine a little light along the way…with my work. I try to incorporate and inject only positive perspectives into my writing, whether it be for a book, a script, or an essay (as I am presenting now).

And yet, too, every career is ego-based; each one of us is ego-based, and we can’t help it. That’s the way things are in what is not only an ego-based world but a broken world that can never be fixed. Certainly, all we have to do is look around us to find evidence of that.

But at our core — and the center of who we are in this world is yep — that Love thing—which, again, is the essence of Heaven. And as long as we utilize Love in conducting ourselves in this world, we should be fine. Because…

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Herbie J Pilato

Herbie J Pilato is a writer, producer, and TV personality whose books about life and pop culture include THE 12 BEST SECRETS OF CHRISTMAS.