Isaac Bashevis Singer won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1978.
He is telling us the truth here. What is actually born upon the apparent birth of a human being is a sense of individuality. There is never any genuine separation. The illusion of separation comes as part of the sentience package. Animals have it, just not as strongly as we do. Of course they don’t spin endless, personalized stories, and thus psychological suffering is reduced by a huge margin.
The belief that we are our fictitious egoic character-unit is, at least on this planet, singularly human. Awakening is the discovery that we are not a character-unit, but rather That which encompasses all characters, bodies, and everything else–including the emptiness of the unmanifested, and the fullness of Oneness.
These units are wired to believe in the sense of individuality and agency. It’s not a “mistake,” it’s the means by which the experience of a universe takes place. Your True Nature can’t see the obviousness of its identity because it doesn’t want to. It’s in rapture over the sense of being.
When that tide changes, a story dissolves, but no individual wakes up, because there was never an individual present to begin with.