Ego. Ego: A solipsism of mind which imagines the self to be prima facie sovereign to its being. Ego: An insularity projected upon our nature contradicting the essence of our humanity, driving compassion from the realm of intelligibility; confusing love with selfishness, and empathy with foolishness. What is this dear thing herewith called I; echoing through these tangled verisimilitudes a unity of fiction, of memory lost, of soliloquy, in darkness uttered against a faceless people? Do I reach no further than this skin, failing to grasp that foreign comprehension or apprehension which may mark my being as against and for the sweet breath of Other? Yet, it is there that I arise, embraced in such glanceless propriety as lends self by reflection in the arms of so many friends. The cult of ego struggles to erase the intervention of society, and announce absurd isolation as the standard condition of man. And perhaps this is so, but for it man cannot but suffer a most terrible rebuke, in knowing the silence of his tongue and the meaninglessness of his being. ... But what of woman? Even by this, our most favoured cult-ure, she is cast out of ego, shunned by that stark metaphor, as incapable of the popular forgetfulness required of sovereignty. She knows what man refuses to see, that her skin does not enclose or exhaust all there is of her being. She is forced to real-ize by the tyranny of her name that Other is not superfluous nor incidental to world or even consciousness. She cannot hide behind ego, a misfit of that language, so is excommunicated to the realm of irrationality, of unmanliness, and thrown, exile, into the prism of embodiment. As though flesh might better guard her secret, or mystify it by the same oppression that refuses to let her not see the tyrannical name of Ego.