A reply to
courage: from greed all the way to gratitude
Anthony, I realize that the article you replied to is quite long, so maybe you did not “get” all of it before replying. You seem to be speaking from the perspective of someone who is cautious about causing detriment for others.
Imagine trying to walk across a lawn with a perfectionist paranoia that you never kill any insects or any bacteria or damage any blades of grass. The compulsion to avoid any injury to others is crippling.
I am counting such a chronic tension as not just paranoid but “already tormented by guilt,” which are the required foundations that always lead to what I am calling greed. If you are complaining about the misuse of power by humans or other groups of humans, again I am calling that sinful in general, in particular arrogant, and another classic sign of a greedy person who actually desires to possess the power that they bother to claim that others are misusing.
So, this article offers some rather challenging concepts. Mainstream idealism and idolatry are the targets of my words of “caution,” once again. If you wish, take another read.
Which is more crippling: the idealistic compulsion to avoid any injury to others or the natural expression of self-interest, such as the insect who consumes a blade of grass… or the bird who consumes that insect? If two bulls bully each other over being the dominant bull who has sexual access to a bunch of fertile cows, and then one gores the other and it dies, if you then condemn that violence as based on the sin of greed, isn’t your condemnation foolish?
So, as for the issue of “never enough,” if there is a foundation of guilt, then no amount of wealth or power (etc) will bring relief from the chronic tension of the guilt. The only “salvation from guilt” is the relaxing of the learned condemnation of the past (and the admitting of past fears of punishment which led to a pretense of shaming the past or condeming the past- see the original article).
The withdrawing of condemnation is the actual principle of forgiveness (as distinct from the horribly confusing malarky promoted in so many churches that WORSHIP guilt rather than salvation). The teachings of the New Testament consistently emphasize the issue of the withdrawing of condemnation, but I am not aware of a single religious institution within Christianity that is “true” to that particular theme within the Bible.