The root of all the trouble is not man's wickedness or animality or cunning greedy mind. It is his very I-ness, for all those other evils grow out of it. It is his own ego. Here is the extraordinary and baffling self-contradiction of the human situation. It is man's individual existence which brings him suffering and yet it is this very existence which he holds as dear as life to him!
-- Notebooks Category 11: The Negatives > Chapter 2: Their Roots in Ego > # 22
-- Perspectives > Chapter 11: The Negatives > # 21