Wednesday, June 09, 2004
A bit more on the three addicts
G- thank you for such kind words, they can only qualify as an idealized self-image (a la Sam) and worthy of attaining. I realize I'm an infrequent visitor to this wonderful blog, but it is always a great pleasure just to read back the insightful posts from you and your brilliant guests. By the way: I'm keeping with strict nepotism for my summer help, sorry!
Sam- greetings and thank you for your comments. The matter of humans thinking we are God has always intrigued me. As a lifelong Christian I was taught that our great enemy, Satan, was the first one to desire "to be like the Most High" and for his aspirations, he was banished to our lovely planet. He didn't exactly think that he was God, perhaps he knew better. I read a little quip that has stuck with me ... what is the difference between me and God?....... God never thinks He's me.
The three addicts all shared the 12-step dilemma, which demands turning our unmanageable lives over to a higher power (or God as we understand it). This originates from basic Protestant teaching: we are all sinners and must confess and accept the redeeming life of Christ for our salvation. S and E reject the traditional position of God, and take the position for themselves, thinking (in my view, wrongly) that they are God. I view this simply as a case of mistaken identity, one which I also make from time to time.
But, Sam, your view is quite different. An ideal yet realistic self-image as the highest power puts me in the business of first creating God, then paying homage to my creation by becoming it. The realistic fact that would constantly gnaw away is that it cannot be done and I know it. Here I agree with your evaluation of E, despair would drive me down also. Is then the "salvation" for the atheist to create an attainable higher self? One not to high, and yet high enough to make it a healthy challenge?
I prefer, rather the dilemma of the addict and the 12-step program. For the Christian, (or as you said, a religious person), the person of Jesus Christ is not merely a role model to emulate, but the one God who desires to fill us with His strength and power and wisdom and love. The very things I so deeply need, and quite frankly find terribly lacking in my Self.
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