The most difficult thing you can ever do is to drop your ego, your personality, all your posturing and pretense, and examine what is left, face to face with reality and psychologically as naked as a jaybird. When you recognize your ego for what it is — a mask you have built around yourself, and in which you hide from imagined slings and arrows — you see how phoney, how trivial and how cowardly that mask is. You spend tremendous amounts of time and energy maintaining the integrity of that mask, so you and others can believe it’s real. You posture to others, and they posture back to you. How silly we are! What are you, really?  What is inside of your mask?  How can you not want to know?

Notes to myself while reading “Life: The Exquisite Art of Meaningfulness”, p. 1-3, Robert Powell

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