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EGO vs PRIDE

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ego vs prideEGO:

  1. ego or egō (first person, nominative, plural nos)   I ; first person singular personal pronoun, nominative case

EGOISM:

  1. The tendency to think selfishly with exclusive self-interest in mind.
  2. (ethics) The belief that moral behavior should be directed toward one’s self-interest only.
  3. (nonstandard, by confusion of the similar words) egotism.

PRIDE:

  1. Pride is a high sense of the worth of one’s self and one’s own, or a pleasure taken in the contemplation of these things.

(NOTE:  In Christianity, the word “pride” is used negatively, as a “deadly sin”.  In other words, God is very jealous and vindictive and is the ONLY being that can exibit pride.  Therefore, all of the rest of you ignorant slaves must bow down and worship ME, and ONLY ME!!!  (If you do not, I (god) will strike you down with a bolt of lightning!!!) )

Aristotle identified pride (megalopsuchia, variously translated as proper pride, greatness of soul and magnanimity)as the crown of the virtues, distinguishing it from vanity, temperance, and humility, thus:

“Now the man is thought to be proud who thinks himself worthy of great things, being worthy of them; for he who does so beyond his deserts is a fool, but no virtuous man is foolish or silly. The proud man, then, is the man we have described. For he who is worthy of little and thinks himself worthy of little is temperate, but not proud; for pride implies greatness, as beauty implies a goodsized body, and little people may be neat and well-proportioned but cannot be beautiful.  Pride, then, seems to be a sort of crown of the virtues; for it makes them more powerful, and it is not found without them. Therefore it is hard to be truly proud; for it is impossible without nobility and goodness of character.”

ETHICAL EGOISM: 

Ethical egoism can be broadly divided into three categories: individual, personal, and universal. An individual ethical egoist would hold that all people should do whatever benefits “my” (the individual) self-interest; a personal ethical egoist would hold that he or she should act in his or her self-interest, but would make no claims about what anyone else ought to do; a universal ethical egoist would argue that everyone should act in ways that are in their self-interest.

Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche suggested that egoistic or “life-affirming” behavior stimulates jealousy or “resentment” in others, and that this is the psychological motive for the altruism in Christianity. Sociologist Helmut Schoeck similarly considered envy the motive of collective efforts by society to reduce the disproportionate gains of successful individuals through moral or legal constraints, with altruism being primary among these. In addition, Nietzsche (in Beyond Good and Evil) and Alasdair MacIntyre (in After Virtue) have pointed out that the ancient Greeks did not associate morality with altruism in the way that post-Christian Western civilization has done. Aristotle‘s view is that we have duties to ourselves as well as to other people (e.g. friends) and to the polis as a whole. The same is true for Thomas Aquinas, Christian Wolff and Immanuel Kant, who claim that there are duties to ourselves as Aristotle did, although it has been argued that, for Aristotle, the duty to one’s self is primary.

Ethical egoism has been alleged as the basis for immorality. Egoism has also been alleged as being outside the scope of moral philosophy. Thomas Jefferson writes in an 1814 letter to Thomas Law:   “Self-interest, or rather self-love, or egoism, has been more plausibly substituted as the basis of morality. But I consider our relations with others as constituting the boundaries of morality. With ourselves, we stand on the ground of identity, not of relation, which last, requiring two subjects, excludes self-love confined to a single one. To ourselves, in strict language, we can owe no duties, obligation requiring also two parties. Self-love, therefore, is no part of morality. Indeed, it is exactly its counterpart.”

Definition Sources: Wikipedia.org

SPIRIT TWINS

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Kindred Spirits

As the Martian being, Valentine Michael Smith, says repeatedly in the classic science fiction story, “Strangers In A Strange Land“, by Robert Heinlein:  Thou art god, I am god. All that groks is god“.  

Theoretically, every individual person is a “god”.  A god is simply an Immortal Spiritual Being capable of creating something from nothing, conjured solely as an illusion of the imagination.  Everyone creates something from nothing continually, every day.  Every time you have an original idea, you are performing the action of a “god”.  It can be demonstrated that all of us “gods”, collectively, create and maintain, through our agreement, the co-created illusion we call the Physical Universe.

The intentional creation the a universe is eloquently summarized by Robert Heinlein,  “The Universe was a damned silly place at best . . . but the least likely explanation for its existence was the no-explanation of random chance, the conceit that some abstract somethings “just happened” to be some atoms that “just happened” to get together in configurations which “just happened” to look like consistent laws and then some of these configurations “just happened” to possess self-awareness…”.

There have been many descriptions of the very unique relationship between Immortal Spiritual Beings who are the co-creators or “god-partners” of universes they have co-created and inhabited before the existence of the physical universe.  These can be one, two, several or many spiritual beings.  Such beings share the same origin point that existed before the space and time of this physical universe.  Spirit Twins, Twin Flames, Soul Mates and many other phrases have been used to attempt to describe this marvelous relationship which transcends time and space in this, or any universe.

The quality of these relationships is that the Beings involved are virtually the same Being, and yet individual.  However, the universes they co-created through a cooperative conjuring of illusions, inhabited and maintained together still exists in the memories of those who shared in their co-creation.  There can be a nearly infinite number of such universes, just as there are an unlimited number of Immortal Spiritual Beings coexisting, yet separated, by the artificial barriers of time, space, objects, energy that comprise the delusion we share, called the Physical Universe.

Love is composed of complete understanding — that is, the willingness and ability to BE another Being or Beings.  There is no “separateness” between them.  There is only a “Oneness of Self”.  It can be expressed in the idea that “I am You, as You are Me: We Are”.   Spirit Twins, sharing the co-creation of a mutual universe, seem to share a complete understanding of each other, as the “other” is “self”.

The physical universe, which has overwhelmed and absorbed the native universes of Spirit Twins, is composed of particles in space which are held suspended by a negative and positive energy.  On Earth we often inhabit physical bodies made of flesh, which are positive / negative: male / female.  When Spirit Twins encounter each other on Earth the overwhelming emotion of being reunited with a “god-partner” or “universe co-creator” can be an indescribably intense experience.  The relationship, experiences and emotions shared by such Beings are those of a Mother, Father, Sister, Brother, Lover, Cousin, Soul Mate and Creator — ALL IN ONE— being reunited with each other after having been lost or separated for decades or eons!

Given that Immortal Spiritual Beings have lived in and around the physical universe for a nearly infinite number of years, it is very likely that Spirit Twins have encountered each other on planets and in spaces many, many times before.  These encounters ofter result in marriages, love affairs, family relationships, and passionate friendships of every possible variety.  If you are fortunate enough to meet one or more of your “Spirit Twins” in this, or any lifetime on Earth or in the “hereafter”, I share your Joy, as I have recently been fortunate enough to enjoy such a reunion personally.  The experience of unconditional love and understanding between two or more Spiritual Beings or gods is as marvelous as the wonders of a co-created universe!

Spirit Twins