“Happiness”: the ego.

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The ego, writes Buddhist philosopher Han de Wit, “is also an affective reaction to our field of experience, a mental withdrawal based on fear.”
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Out of fear of the world and of others, out of dread of suffering, out of anxiety about living and dying, we imagine that by hiding inside a bubble—the ego—we will be protected.
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We create the illusion of being separate from the world, hoping thereby to avert suffering.
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In fact, what happens is just the opposite, since ego-grasping and self-importance are the best magnets to attract suffering.
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Genuine fearlessness arises with the confidence that we will be able to gather the inner resources necessary to deal with any situation that comes our way.
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This is altogether different from withdrawing into self-absorption, a fearful reaction that perpetuates deep feelings of insecurity.
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