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Life unexamined, is not worth living. - Democritus

Motivation
Updated: 05/30/2021

Self Interest

What motivates the Creator? Does not the Originator of all reality acts out of enlightened self interest? Can we imagine otherwise? If so, do not his created beings, made in his own image, do also?

Is not the defensible purpose of life to increase morale? To maximize joy and fulfillment? At the end of the day, the bottom line, the finals result, do we not want to feel good about ourselves? Which is another way to say maximize morale.

"The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying
alive, but in finding something to live for."
- Dostoevsky

These aspects of reality, of ourselves, should not be up for questioning. We are expected and we are going to act out of self interest--always and ever! Given this, the real issue on the table is whether that self interest is going to be enlightened, i.e., intelligent and intellectually responsible, because we can NEVER take self out of the equation.

You may say, "Wait a minute! What about selfishness and being self centered? Isn't this philosophy actually an exercise in sophistry, the use of fallacious arguments?

When you look up the term "Selfish" definition, words and phrases are provided like:
egotistical, self absorbing, self-centered, self-regarding, self-absorbed, self-obsessed, lacking consideration for others. etc. Aren't these all bad or destructive for good spiritual health and healthy relationships? Not necessarily.

Does not Yeshua say, "Whoever finds himself   
is superior to the world?"
Gospel of Thomas 111

It may be our confusion, our dystopian language that is the problem. These are NOT all bad, because some of them are abbreviated phrases for excessive, exaggerated or out of balance attitudes or syndromes. How can self-regarding or self-serving be wrong? The poor person who is self-seeking just hasn't found himself yet. The cure for egotistical cannot be having no ego but rather having a healthy one!

You may also say, "What about the J-person, Yeshua? Did he not act out of pure, selfless motivation?" Really? Why do we need to think this way?

Can we not see that he believed so much in himself, and therefore in his unfallen children, that he had faith that the whole demonstration, regardless of his temporary suffering and death, would result in his own self interest? Did it not turn out to be so?

What WAS the final result? Was he not resurrected and fully restored to the exact same person that he was, replete with his scars--the five trees of paradise as Thomas characterizes them--his badges of honor, which will be adored throughout all of eternity? Given his humility and passion for serving others, will he not be appreciated and respected for all time?

Will not the demonstration of his own character and that of his unfallen children eventually inspire his fallen children and save the universe from evil and suffering, and restore perfect peace, harmony and fellowship so that everyone's life will ALWAYS be enhanced to a greater and greater degree? Was this not an ultimate win for him? Why do we need to think that this was not expected by him?

When lemons are delivered to the door of your life,
use the sweetness of your spirit to make lemonade.

As for us today living in the confused, dystopian environment of the human condition, Voltaire exclaimed his defeatism, "We shall leave the world as foolish and wicked as we found it." Perhaps a motivational questioning response would be, "WHY? Are we so pathetically helpless for that to be our only option?"

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