OneRinger wrote:It seems to me the ego is something socially constructed anyhow.
Perhaps true, but it's just us humans here creating our societies. When 'ego' arises in society after society, it's fair to ask which came first, the chicken or the egg.
Also putting aside any feelings, even if one is in a group and jockeying for respect, position, or a bigger share of the pie; even if we attribute all of that to an increased chance of 'survival', from a certain point of view that is the core drive from which the feelings people associate with the word 'ego' rise.
Look at it like this -
A person who is well liked/loved, who others find to be attractive, who has wealth or the potential to gain wealth, who is well known, etc., has a better chance of survival, more opportunities to procreate, a better chance their offspring will survive and thrive, and of course, is more likely to have a less painful life.
Another approach to survival is to look around, see how much others have as compared with ourselves, and rather then compete in the group's traditional ways, to adopt other strategies (e.g., theft). Still, if you think about it, beyond stealing the bare minimum needed to survive, sometimes those who steal do so because they want the same life-style/benefits as others. Their ego (their sense of self-importance) is not clearly any less strong, in that their ultimately driven by the same core goals and act in their own interest, just their means to achieving the same end is different.
Anyway... just some thoughts ....
OneRinger wrote:I think there is some weird assumptions that everybody likes emotions. I don't think it is true.
I've watched several shows and read several articles about humans with various forms of brain damage as compared with the 'norm'. All layman stuff of course, but assuming any of that lay stuff is true, it is interesting how relatively small changes in the brain can result in such differences in perception/feelings, including lack of feelings others experience.
So yes, it seems true that not everyone weights/experiences emotions equally.