It's a basic fact about being human that sometimes the self seems to just melt away.

Jonathan Haidt

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“Religion, Evolution, and the Ecstasy of Self-Transcendence.” Feb. 2012. TED2012. Conference Presentation.

Source: "Religion, Evolution, and the Ecstasy of Self-Transcendence." Feb. 2012. TED2012. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote is from social psychologist Jonathan Haidt's 2012 TED Talk about self-transcendence -- transcending or losing the "self" through religious experience or other means. The quote means that self-transcendence is part of the human experience; most people experience at least one occasion where they forget their ego and become fully engaged in the present moment. "When that happens," Haidt goes on to say, " ... the feeling is ecstatic." Watch the full TED Talk here: Jonathan Haidt - Religion, Evolution, and the Ecstasy of Self-Transcendence