Ego is a rat on the sinking ship of being.
"Against positivism, which halts at phenomena—“There are only facts”—I would say: No, facts is precisely what there is not, only interpretations. We cannot establish any fact “in itself”: perhaps it is folly to want to do such a thing. “Everything is subjective,” you say; but even this is interpretation. The “subject” is not something given, it is something added and invented and projected behind what there is.—Finally, is it necessary to posit an interpreter behind the interpretation? Even this is invention, hypothesis. In so far as the word “knowledge” has any meaning, the world is knowable; but it is interpretable otherwise, it has no meaning behind it, but countless meanings(“Perspectivism”). It is our needs that interpret the world; our drives and their For and Against. Every drive is a kind of lust to rule; each one has its perspective that it would like to compel all the other drives to accept as a norm."
The Will To Power
"After such [sexual] enlightenment, children know something that they did not know before, but they make no use of the new knoweldge that has been presented to them… They behave like primitive races who have had Christianity thrust upon them and who continue to worship their old idols in secret."
- Freud, “Analysis Terminable and Interminable”. Qtd. in Adam Phillips (