Theocentrism vs. Egocentrism

Deborah Tyler attempts to understand today’s liberalism:

In recent weeks we have witnessed liberals in the highest level of government sanctimoniously defend terrorists who kill us, while persecuting those who defend us from murderous attacks. In an effort to understand this reversal of good and evil, it has become a cliché to call liberals crazy. But while supremely hypocritical, liberalism is not insane. It is a highly adaptive ego device that enables people to violate commitments, vilify those who are true to their faith, and avoid personal sacrifice while feeling great about themselves. The only defense against hypocrisy is self-knowledge; the politics, spirituality, and morality of liberalism are well-constructed firmaments of self-delusion.

The United States was founded in a Judeo-Christian theocentrism that is informed by scripture and assumes a personal God who hears prayers and grants forgiveness for sin. Theocentrism provides stable laws and settled moral codes.

In the mid-twentieth century, an unorganized, reactive spiritual orientation arose, egocentrism, which has become the dominant moral framework in our nation. This orientation says there may or may not be a God, so each individual must follow his or her own conscience and ethical values. Theocentrism has been promulgated by traditional religion. Egocentrism has mainly been introduced through mass media, educational power structures, and more recently by reoriented religions.

A theocentrist lives out the question, What does God say is best to do? An egocentrist lives out the question, What do I think is best to do? Here is the central difference between theocentrism and egocentrism: Living for God is a largely conscious, intentional process, informed by a written scripture that presupposes the need for repentance.

Egocentrism largely proceeds below the level of conscious awareness through a series of experiments in self-directed living. It presupposes constant change — and who is there to repent to? The consciousness/unconsciousness dichotomy may be shown by a behavioral exemplar. Theocentrists are always praising and blessing God, saying things like, “Praise the Lord . . . so help me, God . . . Insh Allah.” But for egocentrists, it’s not so clear who to thank. They don’t disclaim “Praise Me!” Me have Mercy!” or “May it please Myself!”

This difference explains the gratitude gap between liberals and conservatives. Thanking God is central to theocentrism; thanking oneself is more complicated, and that is why self-esteem is all important in egocentrist spirituality.

She goes deeper… might be good to go deep with her.

Via Larwyn in email.


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