By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Emptiness Seeks to be Filled

Why do we seek so many things and especially raise up some things over others? We seek to fill the big hole within--the hole that desires affirmation, fulfillment, and to overcome a sense of inferiority.

Hence, we find a lot of arrogance grasping many idols:

1. My school is better than yours:

2. My team is the best;

3. I am a member of an exclusive club or organization;

4. My assets are the best (fill in for assets: job title, houses, bank accounts, real estate, even one's physical body).

This process is one of self-delusion. None of these things can actually make you more worthy of anything or truly happy. They are a delusion. Their greatest value seems to lie in the social participation of many others in the same delusion. Many may even believe in the same delusion that you embrace. The deluded leading and encouraging the deluded in mutual enabling of the absurd.

What then should we do?

Step outside these boxes and decline the delusions offered by our own complexes and by those of others. Step into freedom.

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