Historically, the term “Egonomics” was used by Thomas Schelling in 1978, to describe the ways in which people manage themselves – either to do or avoid doing particular activities or behaviours – in order to make unpleasant or difficult decisions unnecessary.
However, contrary to Schelling’s definition, “Egonomics” here is comprised of two terms – “Ego” and “omics”. Ego means the self-awareness, a part of the mind that mediates between the conscious and the unconscious and is responsible for reality testing, and also a sense of personal identity. However, the suffix –omics derives its meaning from biology that means a study in the totality of an entity, which in this case is self. Thus, I define “Egonomics” as a process of developing holistic awareness of “awareness” itself. It should not be confused self-perception, self-identity or similar terms.
Similar to the belief of Schelling, at the core of Egonomics is the idea that within each individual exists two selves: the past or future self and the present self, constantly at odds, leading to a sort of cognitive dissonance between the two. Both selves exist within us and are equally valid, but aren’t always active at the same time. It’s a natural and ongoing conflict between immediate desire and long-term desires, we call longing. Egonomics is the pursuit of awareness of that longing and in this blog, I share my experiences.
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In life, we look through the windshield and not the rear-view mirror. That’s the ritual.
Born and brought up in New Delhi, Gaurav is a minimalist and practices what he preaches. A spiritual adventurer and facilitator, as he defines himself when not in his lab, he works as a peacemaker through storytelling and mindfulness with youth and adults. (more…)
Gaurav has been actively involved in speaking with the public about Climate Change, sustainability issues and sharing his stories from ultra running. Some of those interactions are as follows:
- That’s all she wrote: St. John’s storytelling festival concludes – The Telegram, Oct’18
- From New Delhi to the Ghost Road to art that’s Here From Away – CBC Radio, Oct’18
- Running a 100-Minute Mile at The Barkley Fall Classic – The Outdoor Journal, April’18
- Snow, Mud, Sweat and Tears: An Actif Epica First – The Outdoor Journal, April’18
- 5 Toughest Indian Ultra Marathons You May Want to Try in 2018-19 – The Quint, April’18
- 375 km long solo run of Pain, Kindness and Transcendence – Sportskeeda, Dec’17
- Le périple de Gaurav Madan entre Québec et Montréal : 375 km et beaucoup de souffrance – Distances Plus, May’17
- Célébrer le 375e de Montréal en autant de kilomètres – Distances Plus, May’17
- From Hot to Cold: An Actif Epica First – The Outdoor Journal, Feb’17
- 42 km nu-pieds… et au pas de course – LeJournal de Quebec, Aug’16
- Fitness on the run – India Today, Dec’15
- Powerplay in the Himalayas – Unearth, June’13
- Just another six miles – Fountain Ink, Apr’13
Storytelling and Guest Talks:
- St. John’s Storytelling Festival: World Storytelling Day Special (Myths, Legends and Epics) – Mar’19
- St. John’s Storytelling Festival: Tales from Near and Afar – Oct’ 18
- Montreal Intercultural Storytelling Festival: Confabulation – Oct’17
- Confabulation TO: Toronto’s monthly All-true story show – July’17
- Confabulation: Montreal’s monthly All-true story show – May’17
- Reaping The Rewards off Efforts – DAV Public School, May’16
- Guest Talk on Climate Change and Sustainability – Conference of Youth, Centre for Environment Education, Nov’15
- Guest Lecture on Climate Change – Agenda for Survival, Centre for Science and Environment, June’15
What unites Western Culture in all phases, tying in with the ambivalence that produces the continuity of change, is a series of demythologizing and consequent “losses of faith” – some gradual, some traumatic. Nothing is so characteristic of our traditions, with the result that we can say more truly of Western Culture than of almost anything else, plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. The Western World, in short, uses up myth at a tremendous rate and often has to borrow frantically from other cultures or to allow the cultural changes and oscillations that “time and chance” will bring but which mythological societies will manage to dampen effectively. (more…)
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