Ep88-The Mirror of Judgement-Fire on the Horizon-Ch 14

Show Notes:

The Mirror of Judgment

The human response to sin, after judging ourselves as worthless objects and hiding from God, is to blame and flee accountability. ...he first asks them why they hid themselves:

The Lord God wants to know where they are—not in the sense of not knowing where they are located in the garden—but of asking them: “Why did you hide? Where are you in your way of being in the world?” Adam’s answer makes it immediately clear where they are: “I am in the It-world, the world of separation. I am an effect in a chain of causes. I am an effect of Eve’s temptation. After all, you, God, gave her to me and told me to stay with her, and thus it is your fault.” Eve also is a mere effect, for she is beguiled by the serpent. It is the serpents fault. “Yes, I did it, but I was caused to do it by someone else.”

Why did they hide?

Philosophy of mind history. Descartes, Kant

When I judge you, it is really only my idea of you that I know, and that is what I judge. And yet this way of being is the way of judgment, for in judging I necessarily take a thing only partially and not in its wholeness. In the act of judging, I necessarily abstract this thing, analyze it, and fit it into a category. It is as if I see the world through a filter of my own creation. The filter consists of my fixed beliefs and judgments. Anytime I judge a person as good or evil, or as stupid or bright, it is really only me that I am judging.

The ego is the source of scarcity and consumption: “The ego occupies himself with his My: my manner, my race, my works, my genius. . . . He sets himself apart from everything else and tries to possess as much as possible by means of experience and use.”

It is always about the me stuck inside my head as an alienated, isolated, alone ego.


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