He makes a picture of things as he would like them to be, however unlikely, and then says:
“This is what I am asked to give up.”
But no. He is giving up pangs of jealousy, of being thrown over, pangs of failure in ambitions etc. Why think: “I am giving up being a superman” when one would simply turn out to be very ordinary if one went to the world?
Cats are not giving up being lions when they give up worldly life as an animal.