reply to post by Mosthated718bx
A THIRD INTERPRETATION: LITERAL + PARABLE = A NEW INTERPRETATION
Self-esteem or self-belief is closely linked to the neurotransmitter Serotonin. When the lack of it takes on severe proportions, it often leads to
depression, self-destructive behaviour or even suicide.
Social Validation makes us feel and know we BELONG. No one wants to be DESOLATE (without and lacking.) DE - of, SOL - SOLITARY - SINGLE - ALONE, and
ATE - state of being.
An example would be Seperation from G_d. We would be desolate. As when G_d turned His face from those who did not hear; and they were made
UNLESS you learn to love and forgive yourself of your own failings and ACCEPT you are a child of G_d; and only then, without pretense or denial, can
you stand naked before G_d.
Recall the old tale of the Silver Smith. Knowing exactly when to remove the silver from the fire, lest it be burnt-up? When you can see YOUR OWN face
in it. One second too long and it is burnt-up, one second not enough is not purified. Once this is done can we truly love our neighbor like Jesus
commanded, as well as the stranger; but we must love them both without prejudices.
WE are made in the image of G_d.
We are in a CONSTANT DUALITY between how we see ourselves and how others see us, (or how we perceive others seeing us.)
IF those two perceptions are at disagreement, COGNITIVE DISSONANCE ocurrs; and is a state of holding two conflicting beliefs or ideas (ideologies,) at
the same time.
Ways of reconciling the "dissonance" is by action, denial, violence, or apathy.
This state is not healty or the natural state for Human Beings. Media can accomplish this by sub-liminal suggestion. SUBLIME - below perception.
Learning how to become self-aware is not as hard as it seems.
Just place yourself in another's shoes and walk a mile in them. Take a moment, in-time, where you become the perspective of a third person,
looking-over your own shoulder, then stop and try to develop empathy for how another would feel in the same exact circumstance.
This is loving your neighbor, as yourself. I can think of no better example of it. Since we are all one in the same.
IT'S REALLY THIS SIMPLE!
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