Ego is identity.
We identify ourselves with what we believe about ourselves, how we carry ourselves, and what we want others to think of us.
This identity is a wrapper that we twist ourselves in.
This wrapper is safe because it tells what we can be, and where we can go. It’s also constraining because it limits us, and tells us where we have to stop.
I can’t do that. What will the others think?
The wrapper is a container, a border, a boundary.
True growth requires the puncture of this wrapper, the expansion of these boundaries, the destruction of identity.
Thus the need for ego death.