All the violence, fear and suffering
That exists in this world
Comes from grasping at self.
What is the use of this great monster for you?
If you do not let the self go,
There will be no end to your suffering;
Just as if you do not release a flame from your hand,
You can't stop it burning your hand.– Shantideva
This was in today's Dharma for Today email. It arrived at a very fortuitous moment, don't you think?