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There is a deep antipathy in the nature of most Western people toward the effort required to concentrate and introvert attention. It fatigues them excessively. That is clearly due to the lack of familiarity and practice. But this antipathy has also a mysterious element in it, whose origin is hidden in the ego's desire to avoid any deep, long self-scrutiny that penetrates beneath its own surface. For that would certainly lead to its own exposure and its own destruction.

-- Notebooks Category 4: Elementary Meditation > Chapter 1: Preparatory > # 67

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