Philosophy, Psychology

Selflessness…

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For purveyors of the Prevailing View,

to be a self is the primal vice and to die

to self, in feeling, will, and intellect, is the final virtue.

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It can only be the memory of such formulations

that calls up the unease

with which we find ‘selfness’ is still associated.

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In contradistinction the favourable overtones of ‘personality’

seem also to be due to what has been claimed for the ‘persons’

of the Christian Trinity. Yet these persons have nothing in common

with the flesh-and-blood persons of our everyday lives except the

‘indwelling spirit’ with which we are supposed to indentify but

which we prefer to ignore in favour of our separate selfness.

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We love our selfness and thus we give it the self-same

designation as the Divine Trinity.