Life unexamined, is not worth living. - Democritus
What motivates the Creator? Does not the Originator of all reality acts
out of enlightened self interest? Can we imagine otherwise? If so, do not
his created beings, made in his own image, do also?
Is not the defensible purpose of life to increase morale? To maximize joy
and fulfillment? At the end of the day, the bottom line, the finals result,
do we not want to feel good about ourselves? Which is another way to say
"The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying
alive, but in
finding something to live for." - Dostoevsky
These aspects of reality, of ourselves, should not be up
for questioning. We are expected and we are going to act out of self
interest--always and ever! Given this, the real issue on the table is
whether that self interest is going to be enlightened, i.e., intelligent and
intellectually responsible, because we can NEVER take self out of the
You may say, "Wait a minute! What about selfishness and being
self centered? Isn't this philosophy actually an exercise in sophistry,
the use of fallacious arguments?
When you look up the term "Selfish" definition, words and phrases are
egotistical, self absorbing, self-centered, self-regarding, self-absorbed, self-obsessed,
lacking consideration for others. etc. Aren't these all bad or destructive
for good spiritual health and healthy relationships? Not necessarily.
Does not Yeshua say, "Whoever finds himself
is superior to the world?" Gospel of Thomas 111
It may be our confusion, our dystopian language that is the
problem. These are NOT all bad, because some of them are abbreviated phrases
for excessive, exaggerated or out of balance
attitudes or syndromes. How can self-regarding or self-serving
be wrong? The poor person who is self-seeking just hasn't found himself yet.
The cure for egotistical cannot be having no ego but rather having a healthy
You may also say, "What about the J-person, Yeshua?
Did he not act out of pure, selfless motivation?" Really? Why do we
need to think this way?
Can we not see that he believed so much in
himself, and therefore in his unfallen children, that he had faith that the
whole demonstration, regardless of his temporary suffering and death, would
result in his own self interest? Did it not turn out to be so?
the final result? Was he not resurrected and fully restored to the exact
same person that he was, replete with his scars--the five trees of paradise
as Thomas characterizes them--his badges of honor, which will be adored
throughout all of eternity? Given his humility and passion for serving
others, will he not be appreciated and respected for all time?
the demonstration of his own character and that of his unfallen children
eventually inspire his fallen children and save the universe from evil and
suffering, and restore perfect peace, harmony and fellowship so that
everyone's life will ALWAYS be enhanced to a greater and greater degree? Was
this not an ultimate win for him? Why do we need to think that this was not
expected by him?
When lemons are delivered to the door of
use the sweetness of your spirit to make lemonade.
As for us today living in the confused, dystopian
environment of the human condition, Voltaire exclaimed his defeatism, "We shall leave the world as foolish and wicked as we found it."
Perhaps a motivational questioning response would be, "WHY? Are we so
pathetically helpless for that to be our only option?"