Doesn’t it really astonish you that you are this fantastically complex thing…. and that you’re doing all of this and you never had any education in how to do it? You never learned but you’re this miracle? The point is that from a strictly physical scientific standpoint, this organism is a continuous energy with everything else that’s going on. And if I am my foot; I am the sun. But we have this little partial view, this idea, that no I’m just something in this body; the ego.. Well that’s a joke. The ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention. It’s like a radar, a trouble shooter; is there anything in the way? Conscious attention is a designed function of the brain which scans the environment for any trouble making changes. If you identify yourself with your trouble shooter, then naturally you define yourself as being in a perpetual state of anxiety. (Laughter)

— Alan Watts

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