In referring to a «», I am adopting a turn of phrase. You have only one unique «true self»: that is your egocentric-self built on your memories, experiences, abilities, values, activities &c. It is a pattern that emerges in your experience that maintains a sense of continuity and distinctiveness, despite your maturation and ever-changing situations and mental states. Your self is something that you inherit, discover, construct, co-evolve. You possess and use this self to live and as a point of reference.
In addition, you have an awareness of that egocentric-self. This awareness capacity/activity, being unchanging and contentless, is therefore viewed as your «real-self» in Eastern spiritual traditions. You can see it represented as the embedded head in the THEE-online logo.
Your awareness (i.e. your real-self) to ensure to the . This is the only way to put your egocentric-self in perspective, and to allow it/you/me to gain more control over its/your/my tendencies.refers to application of your
The goodness and respecting the grain of human nature. This seems crucial for sustaining humanity. things may and will happen, but evil is inhibited. Exactly how, will become clearer as the are first explored and then elaborated via an examination of evil.is therefore an inner mental stimulus for sustaining
is commonly considered as a , and it can serve as an . But when some rule seems natural or beneficial for us, we barely notice that we are . Rules of success and rules of happiness abound on the Internet without the term « » ever appearing—it must be taken for granted. With reflection and by the end of the section, these should seem obvious and reasonable for you, as well as being suitable for everyone else.
Question: The aspiration for freedom is quintessentially human, and autonomy is essential for creativity. Even if dedication tohas been identified in one , how can for all be reconciled with this aspiration for freedom?
Answer: Freedom is not lost. Just as we are free to do good, we remain free to release evil. However, to these gives us a way to restrain and counteract tendencies to evil within ourselves and others.
Becauseexist to be obeyed willingly, they cannot be imposed, coerced or legislated. Exhortation, admonition, encouragement, persuasion and even entreaty are therefore brought to bear. It should be no surprise that forms of the are widely advocated in blogs, inspirational tweets, sermons, school-day speeches, political campaigns and the like. There are also philosophers and theologians who offer specialized ideological accounts.
The Model Beings framework revealed that good and evil shape the and are therefore as deeply embedded in our everyday psychosocial life as time and space are in our physical-biological life. It was suggested that these taken together constitute the which requires the energies of goodness. Evil, by contrast, depletes the .
Even without that speculative analysis, it is simple to note that:
Theframework puts flesh on our intuitive notion that we each can activate a « » in order to:
To Repeat: Becauseare based in , you are free to refuse to obey any of them. Coercion is impossible in any case. So obedience is a manifestation of human freedom.
Have a preparatory look at how
Review the structure of this section.