Dilemma: Ego Requires Duality


You Cannot Have Yin without Yang

  • Ego will help you to recognize, remove, and replace your ego: a.k.a. self-esteem.

“Within our impure mind the pure mind is to be found.” —Hui Neng

“The person attempting to travel two roads at once will get nowhere.” —Xun Zi

Diagram Yin and Yang


  • The dilemma of ego is that you cannot have yin without yang.
  • The dilemma of ego is that you cannot have knowledge of the good without knowledge of the evil.
  • The dilemma of ego is that knowledge exists only as a duality.
  • The dilemma of ego is that knowledge is defined by opposites.


  • Why is duality a dilemma and a problem for ego?
  • Because ego is when you identify with knowledge.


  • The dilemma of ego is how to identify with only the positive half of knowledge.


  • The dilemma of ego is played out by fighting over which half of the knowledge you really are identified with.


  • The dilemma of ego is played out by suppressing the negative half of the identity with knowledge through darkness and deception.


  • The dilemma of ego is resolved by reframing the identification of the negative side as just more identification with the positive side.

  • Read and learn a system to reduce and remove your ego.

Book cover Ego

Quotations from Various Sources

Listed Alphabetically

“A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

“All language is dualistic.” —J. Krishnamurti, Can Humanity Change?, p. 22

“All opposites are born of their own opposites.” —J. Krishnamurti, Can Humanity Change?, p. 23

“Any man who is under 30 and is not a liberal has not heart; and any man who is over 30 and is not a conservative has no brains.” —Sir Winston Churchill, 1874-1965

“Can a man cling to the positive without any negative in contrast to which it is seen to be positive? If he claims to do so he is a rouge or a madman.” —Chung Tzu

“Duality is necessary for things but deadly for self.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Goodness is not born of badness.” —J. Krishnamurti, Can Humanity Change?, p. 22

“I am saying anything born out of its opposite contains its opposite.” —J. Krishnamurti, Can Humanity Change?, p. 24

“I’m not sure I want popular opinion on my side–I’ve noticed those with the most opinions often have the fewest facts.” —Bethania McKenstry

“If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.” —Anatole France

“If we could learn how to balance rest against effort, calmness against strain, quiet against turmoil, we would assure ourselves of joy in living and psychological health for life.” —Josephine Rathbone

“Let reason go before every enterprise, and counsel before every action.” —Ecclesiasticus 38:33

“Nothing is more certain than uncertainties: / Fortune is full of fresh variety; / Constant in nothing but inconstancy.” —Richard Barnfield

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” — Confucius

“The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.” —Blaise Pascal

“The worst extreme view is the extreme view that extremes never exist.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.” —George Bernard Shaw

“There are two ways to slide easily through life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.” —Alfred Korzybski

“There is no such thing as absolute certainty, but there is assurance sufficient for the purpose of human life.” —John Stuart Mill

“To be absolutely certain about something, one must know everything, or nothing, about it.” —Olin Miller

“To say dualism is bad or wrong is the worst kind of dualism.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand.” —Eric Hoffer