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The observing self behind all our thoughts and feelings is itself a thought. That is to say when the police enters a house in which there are thieves, the thieves go up from the ground floor to the first floor. When the police arrive on the first floor, the thieves have gone up to the second—and so to the third and finally out to the roof. So, when the ego is about to be unmasked, it immediately identifies with a higher self. It goes up a level. Because the religious game is simply a refined and highbrow version of the ordinary game: ‘How can I outwit me? How can I one-up me?’ So, if I find, for example, that in the quest for the ordinary pleasures of the world: food, sex, power, possessions—all this becomes a drag and I think ‘No, it isn’t there.’ So I go in for the arts, literature, poetry, music, and I absorb myself in those pleasures—and after a while they aren’t the answer. So I go to psychoanalysis and then I find out that’s not the answer. Then I go to religion. But I’m still seeking what I was seeking when I wanted candy bars! I wanna get that goody!”
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- Alan Watts