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Personal liberty is the paramount essential to
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- Bulwer-Lytton

The Moral Imperative of Self Interest
Updated: 01/02/2021

What would we think of a father who trained and conditioned his son to always abdicate to the fathers direction or wishes? Given that early in life as toddlers and children we need the guidance and support of the parents, what kind of father would ALWAYS want to impose his will in the life of his children? Is not a major part of raising children to teach them to take care of themselves and to act in their own self interest? Is not the objective to develop independent, sovereign individuals who are able to order their lives under their own control as mature adults that are accepted as equals? To somehow maneuver your children into being subservient is an abomination.

You know where I am going with this! But, you say, with God as our father it is different. Oh really? What is it that makes us think so? Certainly such thinking is NOT supported by the teachings and instructions of the J-person. His words were, "Be Mature, even as your Father in Heaven."

Do we think for a moment that God ever acts outside of his own self interest? Why would the Creator have designed a system of reality that demanded such a development? Wouldn't such a thing be perverse? Isn't God's self interest compatible with that of all his unfallen children? Isn't there such an ethic, one that we refer to as "enlightened self interest"?

Can liberty and freedom really be uncoupled from enlightened self interest? The author of this site can't see how.

 

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