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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Problem with Self Infatuation

There are a number of people who with lesser or greater factual evidence fancy themselves highly exceptional in some way – they may consider themselves a Leonardo da Vinci or a Shakespeare (that is, as creative geniuses in the arts or sciences); or they may have great natural talent; or they may have accumulated great financial, business, or political power; or they may presume exceptional expertise in any of number fields.  The difficulty is that this elevated perch engenders a belief in a broader, more general exceptionalism bestowing upon them a right – even a license – to disobey the rules of health, or more critically, the relational laws of God.  Too many of us have seen this play out in the tragic forfeiture of happiness and, in due course, life itself. 

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