The idea that the ego thinks it is fighting with God is one of those startling ideas spoken of in the introduction, but it certainly helps me to understand why a world without meaning is frightening. If I think God will punish me for my temerity, my arrogance, of course I will be afraid. I am so grateful that the idea is simply not true.
Helpful sentences: Recognition of meaninglessness arouses intense anxiety in all the separated ones. It represents a situation in which God and the ego “challenge” each other as to whose meaning is to be written in the empty space that meaninglessness provides. The ego rushes in frantically to establish its own ideas there, fearful that the void may otherwise be used to demonstrate its own impotence and unreality. And on this alone it is correct.
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