The main character in In Search of Lost Time, by Marcel Proust - the main character, Marcel, is seeing the things around him in the light of his projects; that will first of all say his love affairs. When his being in love has faded away, the things appear meaningless and ordinary. It is a nihilistic moment in the same way as in Albert Camus´ novels. It is the entrance of the labyrinth.
On the one hand these reactions are an expression of Man as a natural being, on the other hand they are also an expression of the historical limitation of Man, and therefore the instance, which under various forms makes it possible for the Ego to continue. The historical limitation is time and its images, the perspective you have on yourself and the world. The Ego is this historical limitation. The Ego is therefore a philosophical ego.
In such a process, there can´t be any openness, devotion and love.
Love can only arise when the Ego is not present.
When the Ego is not present, then Man, and the Otherness, can fill each other out. This happens in the devotion. True love is devotion, where you in self-forgetful openness give yourself away with the whole of your being.
That is the reason why the Philosophical Globetrotter must understand the whole of the process of mind, which is the thinking´s process: the labyrinth.
Understanding the labyrinth is the guiding force which will lead you to follow the thread back.