“If the ego is an imaginary function, it is not to be confused with the subject.” – Jacques Lacan (Seminar 1)
Is the ego an imaginary function? If so, it is no more real than a character in a story. If so, then the ego is an imaginary identity, lying outside of our true subjectivity, transcending our true subjectivity.
If we look at this idea from the Hindu perspective we might say that the ego is trapped in Samsara, and that our true subjectivity lies beyond the illusions of Samsara– extending into the eternal.
At the same time and on another level, the ego is a precious gift. Only with this body, and only with this body ego, can we turn our gaze away from the all the fictional dramas in which we find ourselves, and discover the eternal nature of the Self.