HOMO SAPIENS & THE BIBLE
A strong sense of pride, affects the inner cortex of our brain. When one has found pleasure in that pride, e.g., supremacist sentiments, then it would be very difficult, if not completely impossible, to alter this kind of disposition.
The psychological makeup of supremacist sentiments, is an over inflated self-image, often mixed with an overbearing self-love and self-loathing.
Self-love and self-loathing often fight each other for supremacy. In need of definitions, and so, too often, this inner war is extended.
Supremacy needs nourishment; supremacist literature, speeches and lectures feed self-love while starving out the self-loathing. To ease this inner turmoil, one redirects and aims at the target one may deem as being inferior, and worthy of punishment.
This Ping-Pong battleground, always seeks to legitimize its actions. One juggles between bad actions versus worse actions, thus a severe action feels justified. Self-pity also plays an important role for it seeks to attract a one-sided sympathy.
A self-invented philosophy creates the twists and turns in order to prevent moral responsibility. By then, morality plays no meaningful role; it is suppressed, and pushed away, and that in turn is from pity, which hates responsibility.
This inner struggle between good and evil, and the worse evil, is very complex, and if not addressed and dealt with; it will bring utter destruction.
This complex psychology enfolds right before us today.
We see that in the Bible where the self-loving Egyptians had to be fought. Human self-loving gods were introduced to the Almighty God, whom they did not know nor did they want; what they wanted were His people they kept as slaves. Egyptians did not know that Israelites were God’s chosen. Even the choosing of people (for the world) was too much to bear; and supremacy seeks to invalidate God’s choices by proving to those ‘chosen’ that it is not them who are chosen. Usually, self imagines grandiose things and falls prey to at the same time.
In ancient times the competition was over gods, and in this case it was: our gods versus your ‘imaginary’ God. And this ‘imaginary’ God can only be proven so by defeat on a battleground. Gods’ victory over others (like infidels) was accompanied with sacrifices, etc. These sentiments helped shaping Greek mythology: vicariously, gods fighting their heavenly wars through humans. To a certain extent it was the Israelite mentality also. But the battle was not among gods of air, fire, wind or the sea, but between the Creator and His creature the Homo sapiens.
All supremacists’ sentiments are always combative and nothing has changed. A tag of war continues.
Into this sentiment, especially the German people gave in to during the Nazi era. It’s just too pleasurable to give it up.
In USA this addiction to supremacy is also evident, from KKK to skinheads to white power. These people just let their sentiments out publicizing them.
There are countless many who keep it all bottled up inside, but let it out occasionally, particularly in politics.
Wisdom is never superior for it works on the principle of sharing and hence education. It does not mean that only one is wise, while others must sit quietly and listen.
THE CHARCTER OF JESUS
[John 13:12-16] Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him.
(Speaking of God the Father who sent His Son.)
Correlate it with this verse: [John 14:28] I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.
Jesus was very humble and He wanted us to have His glory and the same oneness with the Father (John 17).
He wanted us to do even greater works than He had done (John 14:12).
And finally He said this: [Luke 6:40] a blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit? A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.
So there comes an arrival and one can even become greater than his or her teacher.
When one is actually willing to tear down the old structures and is ready to build new; then that would be indeed a great achievement. However, that can only happen when one recognizes the self-made prison.
Humility is nothing more than making oneself into a hollow empty vessel and in so-doing one prepares to be filled with something better and higher than what one had before.