…e religious impulse, others feel little or no pull at all? The short answer is developed intellect. By itself base ego is very crude and very conservative. It abhors change. Folks of this nature are referred to as being self-centered and narrow-minded. On the other hand those with curious, exploratory, highly developed intellects, those able to rise above their primitive base ego and see life and the world in much broader terms are labeled as understanding and broad-minded.
James M. Ridgway, Jr.
I’ve never thought of the ego in quite these terms, but it is quite a way to capture it. The opposite of ego, however, is the soul or the spirit, and if you have developed a higher intellect I would argue that, by your very nature you are more spiritual, than those that are primarily ego focused and do indeed have a fuller understanding of God, or (God is a primitive egoic sort of concept) something larger than ones limited physical self.