Personal liberty is the paramount essential to
human dignity and
human happiness. - Bulwer-Lytton
The Moral Imperative of Self Interest
What would we think of a father who trained and conditioned his son to
always abdicate to the fathers direction or wishes? Given that early in life
as toddlers and children we need the guidance and support of the parents, what kind of
father would ALWAYS want to impose his will in the life of his children? Is
not a major part of raising children to teach them to take care of
themselves and to act in their own self interest? Is not the objective to
develop independent, sovereign individuals who are able to order their lives
under their own control as mature adults that are accepted as equals? To somehow
maneuver your children into being subservient is an abomination.
You know where I am going with this! But, you say, with God as our father
it is different. Oh really? What is it that makes us think so? Certainly
such thinking is NOT supported by the teachings and instructions of the
J-person. His words were, "Be Mature, even as your Father in Heaven."
Do we think for a moment that God ever acts outside of his own self
interest? Why would the Creator have designed a system of reality that
demanded such a development? Wouldn't such a thing be perverse? Isn't God's
self interest compatible with that of all his unfallen children? Isn't there
such an ethic, one that we refer to as "enlightened self interest"?
Can liberty and freedom really be uncoupled from enlightened self
interest? The author of this site can't see how.