(As of 1/10/11) 8 years and 3 days ago a fellow by the handle of 'Mickwick' posted to a Usenet forum the following example of the difference between Egotism and Egoism: (Source) Does Gurbani or Punjabi language differentiate between these two ideas? Does the Sikh concept of 'ahankar' mean egotism, egoism, or a combination of both? What's worse for a Sikh, being an egotist or an egoist? Is it truly possible to ever do anything which is not self-centered? Can you truly say your actions are truly motivated JUST BECAUSE and not to bring you closer to Realisation? Can you say you read Gurbani JUST BECAUSE and not to bring you a sense of peace? Can the thorn truly be extracted in a mere mortal? What ways can a Sikh's thinking be changed to be less 'me' centered? Should we be encouraged to refer to ourselves as 'Das' (ie. 'this slave') and not as 'I'? Is that helpful to deconstruct one's 'I-ness'? Could our speech (and writing) contain more references to the True Doer instead of our selves? Das prays for Guruji's kirpa to understand this. Is that egoistic in itself?!