UNMASKING THE DECEPTION OF THE EGO: part two

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Our identification with the ego is fundamentally dysfunctional, because it is out of step with reality.
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We attribute to the ego the qualities of permanence, singularity, and autonomy.
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The ego fragments the world and definitively solidifies the division between self and other, “mine” and “not mine.”
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Because it is based on a mistake, it is constantly threatened by reality, and this gives us a deep and ongoing sense of insecurity.
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Since we are aware of the ego’s vulnerability, we try by all means available to protect and reinforce it.
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As a result we feel aversion toward anything that threatens it and attraction toward anything that feeds it.
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From these impulses of repulsion and attraction, a multitude of conflicting emotions is born.
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