Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Myth Of The "Self"

One thing the world view has taught us is to uphold and protect the interest of the self. This world view teaches us that what matters most in this world is the preservation of the interest of the self. Thus, we are taught to strive for the highest achievement of the self. We see people competing and striving hard to elevate one's self. We hear of self esteem, pursuit of happiness, the good of one's self, even the myth that the self is an emerging god. We are told to seek pleasure because that is the goal of the self. People seek recognition and acclaim from others to elevate one's self. We can see this with the efforts of people to establish records of all sorts as attested by the Guinness Book of World Records. People climb the highest mountains, swim the deepest seas, explore the uninhabitable frontiers of the earth, even strive to conquer the whole universe in their efforts to establish the highest achievements in life. All of these in the mad quest to establish the self. But is this what God wants us to do? People who pursue the quest to elevate one's self has denied or at least push God out of the equation of life. To them, what matters most is the human mind, the human experience and the human challenge to conquer the unknown. But God said, "apart from Me, you can do nothing" (John 15:5b).

Silly that mortal man should fall into the trap of Satan. To insist in pursuing the human will, instead of obeying God's will, is the goal of those who project the self as the end-all and be-all of everything. They insist that the self is "the captain of the ship and the master of the soul." But in the end, those who pursued these same goals have perished in defeat, isolation, loneliness and destruction. FOR THE WILL OF GOD REIGN SUPREME OVER ALL OF HIS CREATION SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL TO THE END OF THE AGES.

Tags: Self, Ego, God, Myth, World, World View, gods, Self Esteem, Pursuit of Happiness, Guinness Book of World Records

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla


inspirational message said...

You have an inspiring post here.anyway,care 2 xchange link with my inspirational message blog? I have added ur link in my blog. If u dont mind, can u put "inspirational message" as my name in ur blog?thx

HOBO said...

strive for the highest achievement of the self but few thank god for giving them the strength to achieve.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Inspirational Message,
I'd be delighted and honored to exchange links with you and yes, I will put inspirational message in my blogroll. Thanks for your visit and wonderful comments. God bless.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Hobo,
Yes, I agree with you my friend. God bless.

GAGAY said...

great ideas then and post...

just wanna share something about your name at hope you'll do the tagging meme! thank you!tc!

Wendy Lopez-Redaon said...

hello Mel =)

I have a tag for you. Check it out here...

cge, i'll join Filipinos unite

Happy weekend!

manivannan said...

good thoughts!

I agree with your views... SELF or Soul or Atma,as we Indians say, is not an evolving one... It's the ignorance, or darkness or satan or maya... that binds us from truth/god. All our pursuits & activities must lead us from dark to light... if not life will be in vain.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Gagay,
Yes, I'll go over to your blog and check it out. Thanks for the tag and your visit. God bless you always my young friend.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Wendy,
Yes, I will go over to your blog to check out the tag. Thanks for tagging me. God bless you always my friend.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Manivanan,
Thanks for your profound thoughts. Yes, wrong knowledge can lead us to destruction. Thanks for your visit and wonderful comments. God bless.

GAGAY said...

hi!just wana hear thoughts from u on this hope to hear any from u!take care!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Gagay,
Yes, I will go over to your blog to find out all about it. Thanks for your visit. God bless.

Tey said...

owch!! I do pursue my dreams Mel but like anyone else, I am not an angel. I sometimes or probably most of the time I forget God. But I always thought God wants us to make our life worth to live. Strive hard to get where we want our life to go in his name. I always call his name and help me go to where my heart is leading me. If I didn't make it, I always think, it is not his will. and I always thank God if I made it reaching my goals.. Because I always thought, this is where he wants me to go. The reason may not be always available, but in time, I always knew why he took me there.. Have great day my friend
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tin-tin said...

as my favorite line in the movie, the devil's advocate goes:

"vanity is my favorite sin.."

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Tey,
Nothing wrong in pursuing one's dreams but for our dreams to really succeed, they must be in accordance with God's will. The Bible says, "unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain." Many a dreams were shattered because they go against God's will. You will know that what you have done is right with God if you feel His overpowering peace in your life after making a decision but if a lingering, hovering doubt and misgiving are there, you can be sure that they are contrary to God's will. Thanks for your visit and comments my friend. God bless you always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Tintin,
Vanity is the sin of pride with sugar coating of chocolates and frills. Vanity will surely lead us to destruction for the Bible says, "he who exalts himself will be humbled and he who humbles himself will be exalted." And also, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble"(James 4:6b). Thanks for your visit. God bless.

"Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts" (Hebrews 4:7b)


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