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OBEDIENCE AND PRETENSE - 
THE ORIGIN OF THE EGO 
AND THE SEARCH FOR POWER 


The whole concept of obedience hinges upon the idea of one's needing to be told what to do in such a way that there is no room for discussion. The operative word in that statement is "needing", as in requiring - again, without an option. 

The assumption here is that the pleasure-seeking self is bad beyond self-repair, and in that we have the essence of the doctrine of original sin - that we were born to sin against God, and that without obedience to doctrine we are surely destined for the fires of hell. 

The doctrines of Islam, though in many instances being taught in the same vein - quite to the contrary state something different, something not quite so palatable to the holders of authority. Islamic tradition state unequivocally that Allah did not create to punish, and that all children ar born Muslim and that it is their parents who make them into something different. 

The whole point of knowing our truth is self-repair, or self-correction, or self-development.  How can we develop and improve upon that which we do not know? As long as we continue to believe that which we have made of ourselves is our true selves, we will be developing a mere shell, a persona that is but a reflection of our true selves. We will remain out of touch with our truths and unable to understand ourselves and others except in the simplest of terms, mostly in terms of obedience and disobedience. We will then see ourselves as obedient and others as not, placing upon others a judgement that is as artificial as our own position. And it by our judgement that we shall be judged. For in fact it is possible that the "others" are merely innocent, and that it become we who commit that crime of punishment based upon our incorrect judgement.

As long as we believe that we can correct the self of another, as we believe that our selves have been corrected, we will continue to believe in the need for unequivocal direction and obedience.

Obedience without room for investigation and exploration leads to suppression and repression, which, as I have pointed out elsewhere, leads to anger and violent eruption. It also leads to duplicity - the creation of a persona that falls within the parameters of obedience, and hides, both from self and others, the ensuing resentment and anger of the true self which quite naturally, wishes to be free for the sake of self knowledge, discovery and expression. 

This persona, being created from a sense of powerlessness, will then be motivated by what is referred to as a "sub-conscious" search for power. As soon as it is "liberated, by age or circumstances, it will go about its search for what it deems as "missing", i.e. its own sense of power and reality. By now thoroughly believing in its persona as its real self, its motivations will be fueled by a quest for its real and gentle power, but will proceed in the very manners it was taught, i.e. control of others, and enforcement of its beliefs upon the world around it.
 


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