Ego is a rat on the sinking ship of being.
"Who has never killed an hour? Not casually or without thought, but carefully: a premeditated murder of minutes. The violence comes from a combination of giving up, not caring, and a resignation that getting past it is all you can hope to accomplish. So you kill the hour. You do not work, you do not read, you do not daydream. If you sleep it is not because you need to sleep. And when at last it is over, there is no evidence: no weapon, no blood, and no body. The only clue might be the shadows beneath your eyes or a terribly thin line near the corner of your mouth indicating something has been suffered, that in the privacy of your life you have lost something and the loss is too empty to share."
- Mark Z. Danielewski
House of Leaves
"I just think a lot of people back home, maybe here as well, just seem to be turned off. They just seem to be not conscious of a lot of things. Maybe it has always been like that though, I don’t know. You go to work, you do your robot bit for the day, you come home and turn the TV on and hypnotize yourself for four, five, six hours, and you go to bed and get up and do the same thing. It’s just a crazy world, that’s all, it’s crazy and I don’t understand it. I don’t understand it, I’m just aware of it, that’s all. I guess what’s happening in other parts of the world has to come to your part of the world before you start to wake up."
- Ray LaMontagne