« The most strongly enforced of all known taboos is the taboo against knowing who or what you really are behind the mask of your apparently separate, independent, and isolated ego.
The history and the geographical distribution of the myth are uncertain, but for several thousand years we have been obsessed with a false humility—on the one hand, putting ourselves down as mere « creatures » who came into this world by the whim of God or the fluke of blind forces, and on the other, conceiving ourselves as separate personal egos fighting to control the physical world.
We have lacked the real humility of recognizing that we are members of the biosphere, the « harmony of contained conflicts » in which we cannot exist at all without the cooperation of plants, insects, fish, cattle, and bacteria.
In the same measure, we have lacked the proper self-respect of recognizing that I, the individual organism, am…
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