Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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
Philippines
Inspirational/Motivational


10 comments:

chubskulit said...

A deep thought to think about!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Rose,
Thanks for the visit and the comments. God bless you all always.

Arvin U. de la Peña said...

talagang ganun kadalasan.....mas importante ang sarili para sa iba.....inuuna ang sarili para sa iba........lalo na pag dating sa pera....ang iba hindi magpapautang sa nangangailangan kasi may kailangan pa siya sa pera na uutangin....

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Arvin,
Yes, you are right. It is often the case that man satisfies the needs of his physical self rather than his spiritual self. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always.

kim said...

i often hear people saying that men are born selfish and that they are self centered. it could be nature or it could be something else, but sometimes, being so full of oneself leads a person to unhappiness..

A Walk Through Life said...

Indeed, this is something to ponder upon, brother Mel. I noticed that most of us only care about achieving more in life, especially worldly desires.

kim said...

i think this is so common that we sometimes believe it is but natural. and the sadder part is that, people always come up with rules and sayings that will justify their being self-centered, as if it will make it less wrong..

kim said...

i think this is so common that we sometimes believe it is but natural. and the sadder part is that, people always come up with rules and sayings that will justify their being self-centered, as if it will make it less wrong..

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Meretrisha,
Yes, you are right. But we must recognize our higher self which is our spirit made by God in His very own image and likeness. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Kim,
Yes, self centeredness is against the will of God in our lives. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always.

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