He knew all the advantages of keeping his mouth shut but he was unable to put in practice for longtime his developed knowledge of himself. Stay quiet, don't even move, stay at home and don't talk, he frequently uttered to himself. He could do it for a while, then again he would sin, he would move and talk. He tried to find an excuse for his loathsome behavior but was unable to find one: his alter ego, so different from himself, kept silent all along, didn't answer any of his questions. My alter ego, whoever he is, is much better than I, he concluded. And he started thinking about the best way of getting rid of himself and letting the alter ego take his place.
Johannes E. Soice