Scribble Monster

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The ego, however, is not who you really are.
The ego is your self-image; it is your social mask;
it is the role you are playing. Your social mask thrives
on approval. It wants control, and it is sustained by power,
because it lives in fear.

It’s equal parts amusing and sad-making to see people of superior intellect smugly assume themselves to be superior thinkers, despite having never entertained a serious thought. (I’m not a smart person, but I play one on the internet.) I’ve known plenty of smart people, up close and far away, but none who know how to think. (Here’s how you can tell; When someone thinks, they end up where I am. All real thought leads to the destruction of the dreamstate and a straightline outbound trajectory, but super-smart folks seem as happy as their less-endowed herdmates to keep shuffling in small, pointless circles.) My one advantage is that, with the aid of what I’ve since dubbed spiritual autolysis, I learned not only to think, but how to think. By my lights, being a not-smart thinker is much better than being a smart non-thinker. Dolphins may be remarkably intelligent, but if you ask them who’s buried in Grant’s tomb, they just stare at you like they’re waiting for a fish.

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