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If the Long Path is based on belief in man's power to attain the Good, the Short Path is based on the contrary belief that all such efforts end in futility and failure. It is then that a higher power than his little ego must be called on. For although the ego is willing to do everything to spiritualize and improve itself, it is stubbornly unwilling to "lose its life" for God's sake.

-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation > Chapter 5: Balancing the Paths > # 84

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