The ego, the voice inside your head that is mistakenly taken for your own, would make you believe many things.

There are laws it wants you to follow.
There is a body it wants you to identify with.
There are goals it wants you to pursue.

How do you know if the voice is coming from the ego? Simply, the ego’s voice makes you seek happiness in outside things, but no matter how hard you try and how diligently you follow its advice, you never find it. The ego does bring you temporal gratification, but as soon as you mix time with happiness, you know that you follow the wrong teacher.

Do you want fleeting “happiness” that comes and goes with passing of time? Has anything you have ever done “out there” in the world brought you lasting fulfillment?