Jean Gebser: «Becoming an ego is painful»

In a 1955 diary entry, Gebser observed, «Becoming an ego is painful. Hardly anyone finds his ego prior to the middle of his life. Then most people remain stuck in it and become hardened in it. The still more painful process of ego-transcendence with all its crises and relapses is accomplished by only a few. But it is just this ego-transcendence that is the decisive task of human life.»

The reason-dominated individual tends to be heavily ego-defensive, because identity is defined in terms of the ego-personality. The person who has broken through to the arational-aperspectival consciousness, however, sees the limitations of the ego, and is not threatened by the suggestion that he or she is more than the narrow field of awareness and angular vision that is associated with the ego. In fact, that person welcomes the idea that individuality arises in participation with the larger reality-a reality that by far eclipses the rational mind and even the feeling heart that is so often closed to the rationalist.

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Το «θυμήθηκα» το συγκεκριμένο ποστάκι, το έψαξα, τελικά το βρήκα σε ένα απ’ τα «κρυφά» μπλογκ μου στα οποία κρατάω σημειώσεις. Γραμμένο στις 27 Ιουνίου 2011. Όλα είχαν ειπωθεί… 😉

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