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Chapter 2: Ego: The Current State of Humanity

The quicker you are in attaching verbal or mental labels to things, people, or situations, the more shallow and lifeless your reality becomes, and the more deadened you become to reality, the miracle of life that continuously unfolds within and around you.

Words, no matter whether they are spoken or remain as unspoken thoughts, can cast an almost hypnotic spell on you. The thought and words ‘I,’ ‘me,’ ‘my,’ and ‘mine’ eventually become a source of identity with many things, including gender, possessions, nationality, race, religion, profession, roles, accumulated knowledge or opinions, likes and dislikes, and things that happened to ‘me’ in the past. Often, our sense of worth is also bound up with our possessions, and we always want more. In addition, we identify with our bodies: strong, beautiful, vigorous, or alternatively, ill or a ‘sufferer.’ Most people completely identify with the incessant stream of mind of compulsive thinking. Most of it is repetitive and pointless.

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