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There is a common delusion that giving up selfishness in the sense of becoming utterly altruistic is the highest call of the quest. It is believed that the sage is simply a man who no longer lives for himself but lives wholly for others. Getting rid of one's own ego, however, does not mean taking on someone else's. It means taking on or, rather, being taken up by, the deeper self.

-- Notebooks Category 2: Overview of Practices Involved > Chapter 8: The Quest and Social Responsibility > # 77

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