One way to aid in achieving momentary ego death is by reminding yourself that you’re a ephemeral assembly of freelance atoms, which will someday disassemble and diverge to form a legion of separate atoms elsewhere.
You didn’t just pop into existence and appear in this realm out of the blue. Like dead leaves caught up in a vortex to create an observable whirlwind, existing neutral substances unite to form a complex multicellular organism that is sentient and aware of its own inevitable demise.
Intrinsically, you’re a temporary construct fabricated by a cosmos rearranging its building blocks to concoct a sophisticated biological machine to carry out a mission before it’s ultimately discarded.
Assuming terrorists were responsible for the destruction of the WTC, was it not their intent to gradually shift the U.S. into a nation driven by paranoia, which is what America has become with the implementation of the Patriot Act and increasingly intrusive security measures of the TSA?
“When there is freedom from mechanical conditioning, there is simplicity. The classical man is just a bundle of routine, ideas and tradition. If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow - you are not understanding yourself.”—Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do
“A mind that is indifferent is aware of the shoddiness of our civilization, the shoddiness of our thought, the ugly relationships; it is aware of the street, of the beauty of a tree, or of a lovely face, a smile; and it neither denies it nor accepts it, but merely observes - not intellectually, not coldly, but with that warm, affectionate indifference.”—Jiddu Krishnamurti
“We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for psychedelic drugs. In terms of the role of psilocybin in human evolution on the grasslands of Africa, people not on drugs were behind the curve. The fact is that, in terms of human evolution, people not on psychedelics are not fully human. They’ve fallen to a lower state, where they’re easily programmed, boundary defined, obsessed by sexual possessiveness which is transferred into fetishism and object obsession. We don’t want too many citizens asking where the power and the money really goes. Informed by psychedelics, people might stop saluting. Take your political party, your job, whatever, and shove it.”—Terence McKenna