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Good Morning Nanty Glo!

       Wednesday, August 11 2004 

Jon Kennedy, webmaster

Third of the four basic
mind-food groups: Self

Though ranked third for the values it advocates, the basic subtext or milieu of the self, the ego—ego-centrism—is by far the most widely followed and embraced human path through life. It is as old as the Garden of Eden and as new as post-modernism. It's having your life your way and godliness, the family, and anything that claims priority over the pleasing of one's own ego be damned. This hedonism, as it is also called, seems to be on the rise in American culture as more members of our society become seduced by the liberal (in the sense of "anything goes") mass media, politics based on self-interest rather than the social contract and what's right, and even, I believe, churches that give the world the impression that even religion is a smorgasbord from which the spiritually hungry can pick and choose which delicacies fit into their preconceptions about God, things godly, and their own benighted spirits.

I remember reading, somewhere 'way back when I was still living in the Valley, that every new generation presents to the parent one the greatest challenge facing humanity: to keep the young from slipping back into barbarianism. Its the task of the parent generation to acculturate their children and the world's children, to keep them from annihilating each other.

What could be more supportive of a religion of self-worship than encouraging our sons and daughters to enjoy sex as recreation and if it turns out to be procreation, casually dispose of the evidence of life—really the evidence of the valuing of life as something higher than any of us or even all of us collectively? But I don't condemn the "younger generation" for this primarily, as opinion polls of the past decade have increasingly been finding that the rising edge of our population is less and less condoning of abortion than the previous two parenting-aged generations had been. On one hand, unmarried cohabitation among single adults is at its U.S. high, but so is pledging celibacy or waiting until marriage for sex.

Certainly the religion of self is the easiest to practice. "If it feels good, do it," though a catch phrase of the hippies more than three decades ago, is also a life philosophy of a large cross-section of the human population in every period in history. Materialism and consumer-based ways of life both feed self-worship, with everything from deodorants to beverages of choice; and they also feed on the ingrained tendency to self-worship in every human being.

The question is how ego-centric should you be, or will you be? Are you going to be the master of your fate, or put yourself in the Master's hands? Are you your own man or woman, or are you His, or someone, or something, else's devotee, disciple, or slave?

Webmaster Jon Kennedy 

Articles in this series, The Four Basic Mind-Food Groups:
     Introduction  |  Subtext God  |  Subtext Family  |  Subtext Self  |  Subtext Nihil

Another self-support mechanism

If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.

Sent by Trudy Myers  

Thought for today

"They say when you meet the love of your life, time stops, and that's true. What they don't tell you is that when it starts again, it moves extra fast to catch up."

Albert Finney as Senior Ed Bloom in Big Fish  

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