Tags: 70 deadly sins - narcissism

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Natural Mystic

Every Friday, the regional DJ guy ends his show with a phone conversation with his mom. The mom closes the call with 'words of wisdom'. Today's w-o-w were spot on:

"Following the path of least resistance makes rivers, and men, crooked."

I like a good quote grounded in nature of physics, along with a Franklinian moral aphorism. Not that this combination guarantees any kind of truth. But, it is a mini-kind of poetry, which is fine. But - this one is true...

What IS the path of least resistance? Well, of course, going along with one's peers - the group. So long as that continues, the groups tends to breach boundaries in its growing narcissism, which always leads to nothing good.

Another path of least resistance? Going to school to study conventional ideas, upon which you build a conventional, if not bureaucratic, life. Working in a glorified cubicle, marrying someone who reminds you of someone, living in a house you didn't conceptually build, raising kids that prefer alcohol over you. Pretty much.

Or - believing in the same so-called 'god' that everyone else believes in - and even killing people for this narcissistic belief - even though all you are believing in is a word or a concept, using the idea that your "faith" makes you better, smarter, gooder than everybody else, outside the fold.

Following the path of least resistance is watching, rather than thinking; consuming, rather than producing; coveting, rather than inventing. The path of least resistance is putting on rose-coloured glasses and thinking you know the answer to everything, and that you know what everyone else should be doing, and you have the right to control others to your easy ends.

Following the path of least resistance is giving enemies the THUMBS-DOWN, that they should be morally condemned, when all your morality is based on nothing but a conspiracy of jealousy. Watch how soon such angels fold when you outright reject their propaganda, revealing that they are empty balls of wool. Isn't it sheep we count when we seek to go to sleep? Sometimes, ideologies, philosophies or theologies are mainly, for most, a nice big wool blanket we enjoy pulling over our eyes.

The path of least resistance is MONEY. All others listed above could not prevail were it not for the fuel of money. The more money, the more and more choice, the more artificial and inhumane the selection. Rising to the top of the political and moneyed ladder, up with all those who cheated and injured and sold-out, just like you, you reach the pinnacle of glory: The ultimate easy seat, pushed by multitudes, coddled by extinguished species, paid for by the mobster boss - where all of morality has now turned completely INSIDE OUT, and you are among the safe, the protected, the luxuriating DEMONIC CLASS.

And, were your intentions not the best?

"Oh, time will tell...

You think you're in heaven, but you're livin' in hell..."

- Bob Marley, Natural Mystic
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Narcissism is a distinct psychological classification, showing a variety of characteristic beyond the whole, "that's me in the mirror!" thing, such as a compulsion to control or reject relationships based on a selfish point of view. An inflated sense of self - which is actually relative to society and to economic opportunities. I suspect that most narcissists could be nascent psychopaths, given the chance, although there are some differences between the two conditions.

I usually discuss narcissism in politics, or in religion. In my estimation, Bill Clinton is a narcissist, while Hillary is a psychopath. I'm not sure about George Bush, but he is probably a narcissist, while Cheney was the psycho. Obama is probably a psychopath. The good thing about Donald Trump is that he is not a psychopath - he is an ill-tempered narcissist. Hitler, on the other hand, was a psycho.

In religion, the result of some mass communion with whatever god, can be that individuals believe themselves to be extensions of something very important, through the agency of symbols and words and synchronised ritual. Like Zimmerman assuming he represented the white neighbourhood association, people's assumptions of belonging to a religious GROUP may be completely without legitimacy, and may lead to stupid, narcissistic, or violent actions, when the group is nowhere to be found but in the clouds, basically.

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These shall be the days of crucifixion.

* - (Note that the attacks by the psychopath downstairs are directly related to the approach of bad weather, plus the full moon. The same was so with the Nethers).

Here is a book, from my tags: The Narcissist Next Door

See also this (incomplete) tag: GROUPISM.
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Denial - As a worshipping of false idols...

“Because here's something else that's weird but true: in the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship--be it JC or Allah, be it YHWH or the Wiccan Mother Goddess, or the Four Noble Truths, or some inviolable set of ethical principles--is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It's the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you. On one level, we all know this stuff already. It's been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness.

Worship power, you will end up feeling weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to numb you to your own fear. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart, you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. But the insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they're evil or sinful, it's that they're unconscious. They are default settings.

They're the kind of worship you just gradually slip into, day after day, getting more and more selective about what you see and how you measure value without ever being fully aware that that's what you're doing.”

- David Foster Wallace, This is Water:

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