The everyday self is intrinsic to every Framework in THEE, because the Taxonomy is about using one's self. Let me recap here on how egotism (egocentricity, self-centredness) and hence evil, the lesser good, emerged in the present inquiry.
Reference to the ego/self appeared initially in the transcendence: of oneself and of outer reality. Each requires a detachment from the ego. The degree of this detachment is the psycho- requirement of psycho-social reality, and is measured along the Y-Axis in the TET.which are characterized by
Your protective mechanism and soothes. (There is one exception: the .)(once you have found it) feels right and provides the necessary gyroscope to guide you through your life. So rather than being stressful, as might be expected, ego-detachment mainly acts as a
The Model Beings who are taken to exist on distinct . These Beings and their are defined by their ethical and creative functioning. Good v evil is the tension that develops on the and shapes the Tree Framework. Choices on all necessitate the use of power, and on the that means egocentric impulses require handling.give rise to
The good and evil should be waged. However, nested within the , there is a specialized hierarchic entity that exists to help us in our role as «human beings»: the set of .give no guidance as to how the struggle between
The essences of the corresponding , that are all applicable and usable by everyone—given the desire and sufficient reflective awareness. The exist in order to restrain evil. On examination, there is difficulty in using them constantly due to our ego defences and urges which continually press for gratification. This pressure interferes with attention to situations and disrupts use of the . The highest injunction, , is an attempt to inhibit unnecessary egocentricity at source.are special positive rules,
In using the to improve communal living, the significance of using one's self (or ego) for the good came to the fore. Additional emerged. However, personal experiences, capabilities, temperament and habits combine with pressures in the social milieu to limit what can be achieved. In the central position of the Tree is the requirement to . In communal life, that is what counts as good: actually caring.
A direct focus on producing goodness becomes possible if the higher that restrain egotism and the lower that enable individuality combine with the central to . This process is mapped within a THEE Structural Hierarchy. In practice, it involves using to release spiritual energies inherent in The final picture, though provisional, is satisfying and meets formal criteria. It also confirms, organizes and clarifies classic findings from the wisdom literature and the world's great spiritual traditions.
With components for producing goodness now evident, the significance of each person's power to create their own psychosocial reality takes on a new meaning. We should surely create our reality in a way that serves and generates goodness.
The present Framework lets us examine this dynamic process with the knowledge that is the only way to permit an enduring result.
In creating reality at each moment by work and action, everyone is faced with a choice. Do I give in to my egotistic desires? Or do I care for others altruistically? Unless that altruism v egotism tension comes into play, there is no issue of goodness. The moment it comes into play, I have to recognize that altruism provides egotistic gratifications and that I cannot be altruistic without attending to my egotistic needs and desires at times.
Originally posted: 5-Jul-2013