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Metaphor for Psychological Crisis

I recently came across this idea and I can’t stop thinking about it, probably because it rings so true. I’ll paraphrase:

Depression is the egos pathological preoccupation with the past and anxiety is its pathological preoccupation with the future.

Ego is used here to delineate ones sense of self. It’s important to understand that consciousness is separate from our ego – the ego of course would like us to believe it’s everything, but this is a lie. It’s critical to recognize that our sense of self is a very important tool in helping us navigate the world, but it can also be self-limiting.

Question: When we die our ego of course dies too – but if our consciousness is separate from our ego, does it also die? And if not, where does it go? Is this even the right question?