Ego is a rat on the sinking ship of being.
"Some one said: ‘The dead writers are remote from us because we
so much more than they did.’ Precisely, and they are that which we know."
- T. S. Eliot, from “
Tradition and the Individual
"If folly leads each man into a blindness where he is lost, the madman, on the contrary, reminds each man of his truth; in a comedy where each man deceives the other and dupes himself, the madman is comedy to the second degree: the deception of deception; he utters, in his simpleton’s language which makes no show of reason, the words of reason that release, in the comic, the comedy: he speaks love to lovers, the truth of life to the young, the middling reality of things to the proud, to the insolent, and the liars."
Madness and Civilization