Why is Selfishness so Hard to Tame

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Selfishness is in our very nature . . .

. . . and the only way we can see it for what it is, is with GOD’S help and the the GOD given intelligence that our brain offers.  Animals can only respond to their chemistry with little (if any) abstract influence from their perception of the external world. We humans are part of the animal world but, have more brain potential for abstract thought so we can gain understanding from knowledge that can enable us to function with more than the prime motive to survive.  We are chemically linked to the life on Earth that is why we must eat, drink, breathe and reproduce just as living things in general must do.  Yes our mind can allow us to rise above this natural state for “good”. We can conduct our lives and apply our abilities for the common “good” of all our planet’s lifeforms: Stewardship. To allow ourselves to be governed by selfishness is not good; unbridled selfishness is destructive at the smallest and the largest scale.

Proverbs 21:13 ESV

Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered.

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Yes we have a strong desire to be protective

. . . because we want to have a “friendly” milieu for ourselves and our contemporaries as well as for our progeny.  When outsiders are perceived to represent a threat to our security we easily become defensive or even preemptively aggressive.

Stone Fortification – The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “Exterior of Damascus Gate from north, Jerusalem” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 20, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-6418-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

The learning curve toward a more benevolent and socially cooperative behavior has been slow to achieve; it is a hard lesson to learn and apply. The progress toward this goal has been slow though Jesus laid out the “game plan” more than 2000 years ago. Are we such slow learners?  Some of us are I suppose but the real reason is found within our very nature.

Matthew 6:21 ESV

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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“But competition is good,” You may think.  Yes I say, but only to a point.

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Extreme competition can do more harm than good: The original aim of “sportsmanship” was to be a metaphor for our lives as a whole: fairness, civility and the ability to win or lose with grace. Though it has helped it is yet far from perfect and cheating is more than disappointing it is discouraging

Proverbs 31:9 ESV

Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.

OK, awareness offers a forewarning

James 3:17 ESV

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.

 When will we really “get it” that cooperation

. . . benefits the majority, and agree to truly banish extreme selfishness along with criminal activities so life can then be better for more of Earth’s inhabitants. Still, it is in our nature to fall to temptation and fall into sin despite our best efforts ad this is where Jesus offers a way.  Jesus provides a way out of this conundrum (the duality of good and bad within us) here and now and, for eternity. When The Kingdom of GOD comes all this will change for the better and beyond that will come judgement, and then an  eternity with GOD for those who are believers in Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:10 ESV 

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

Remember where you are, though it may seem so for awhile,  you do not control the world and its ways. Ultimately we all will answer to GOD.

Ecclesiastes 9:11 ESV

Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.

Amen

ESV = ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION BIBLE 

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James Halifko

Author: James Halifko

I am a Baby Boomer with a lot of life's experience to guide me and share with people.

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