The ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention. It’s like a radar on a ship. 

The radar on a ship is a trouble shooter: ‘is there anything in the way?’ 

Conscious attention is a designed function of the brain to scan the environment like a radar does, and note for any troublemaking changes.

But if you identify yourself with your troubleshooter, then naturally you define yourself as being in a perpetual state of anxiety. 

The moment we cease to identify with the ego, and become aware that we are the whole organism, you begin to realize how harmonious it all is. — Alan Watts

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