Thanks James, Terry and all who have added to this interesting thread.
Terry a lot of your comments show that functioning smoothly the physical world is important and requires the function of an ego. An ego that stops us being at one with all the undesirable elements on planet earth.
You quote Freuds definition of ego and talk of hubris( Freud also talked of a super ego) I think all your comments are of value.
To me idea of moving aside the ego is to allow ourselves to think on a more spiritual plane outside of our conditioned responses. To look from a much bigger and different perspective.
As the bumper sticker says: LEAD, FOLLOW OR GET THE HELL OUT OF THE WAY.
Your driving analogy is very apt. People drive in a certain way depending on their outlook and state of mind. An ego driven person in heavy traffic, will be tense and angry determined to be in front and in a hurry, absorbed in being in front or faster. Often concerned that the car they drive indicates power and status. Then there are those who are oblivious to others and crawl along with a lack of awareness and are equally as dangerous.
A person that has stepped back and is looking at the bigger picture will see that all the drivers share a common goal, he will realize that he is part of a vast concept called driving. and allow people to pull out and be gracious to others. He will watch other people and be fully aware of their expressions. Driving becomes a pleasurable opportunity to observe and increase awareness. This does not diminish the drivers ability or prevent him from functioning on a physical plane. It simply allows him or her to see the reality of the situation and not allow a personal agenda to diminish competence or awareness.
This state of mind can be achieved through meditation and the development of awareness. It involves stepping beyond the narrow confines of the mechanical mind and realizing that we are part of something so vast that our personal identity is not our true reality. Application of this calm detached state of mind to the world we live in then follows.
It is not a matter or surrendering ourselves to fate or lifes dangers or hidding away but rather to approach life in full awareness and without the baggage of ego that can sabotage our ability to function at our best.