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Problem of Pleasure

Book cover Ego


Ego Pleasure Versus Physical Pleasure

  • Ego will help you to recognize, remove, and replace your ego: a.k.a. self-esteem.

“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” —Romans 8:6


PLEASURE’S 2 FORMS

  1. physical pleasure.
  2. ego pleasure.

PLEASURE PROBLEM

  • Pleasure is a problem because pleasure is used for covering. Covering your acts of death and destruction.
  • You use pleasure to cover death: identifying self and others as things.
  • You use pleasure to cover destruction: identifying self and others as things of things.

PLEASURE NOT PROBLEM

Pleasure itself is not the problem. Rather, what you use pleasure for is the problem: covering.


IDENTIFYING WITH PLEASURE

  • With physical pleasure, you identify the body with sensations of itself.
  • With ego pleasure, you identify the self with sensations of images of itself.
  • The body is not its sensations.
  • The self is not sensations of images of itself.

REVEALED

  • You do not want to be revealed for your works are death and destruction.
  • The only time you seek to be revealed is when you are masochistically seeking your own destruction. Then you seek destroyers to reveal to not healers.

JUDGE PLEASURE

  • Judge pleasure by its fruits.
  • See if pleasure does not destroy health, time, identity, relationships.

BLISS & JOY NOT PLEASURE

  • Bliss and joy differ from pleasure in that they are not about you or your body.
  • Bliss and joy differ from pleasure in that they are not about covering, hiding, reframing, rationalizing—hiding in darkness.
  • Bliss and joy are of the light whereas covering is of darkness.

Quotations from Scripture

“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” —John 3:19 

“The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.” —John 7:7 

“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” —Romans 8:6 

“But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.” —I Timothy 5:6 

“Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;” —II Timothy 3:4 


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Quotations from Various Sources

Organized Alphabetically

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” —Romans 3:10 

“Becoming is disintegrating self.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“Beings are living and doings are dying.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“Do not wish to be anything but what you are.” —Saint Francis de Sales 

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” —Ephesians 2:8 

“He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” —Matthew 10:39 

“I never had the ambition to be something. I had the ambition to do something.” —Walter Cronkite, famous USA newscaster 

“If you must be something then be empty and weak so you are meek.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“In the pursuit of learning, every day something is acquired. In the pursuit of Tao, every day something is dropped.” —Lao Tzu 

“Nobody is so miserable as he who longs to be somebody other than the person he is.” —Angelo Patri 

“The becoming still can never be the being still; only with the death of becoming is there being.” —J. Krishnamurti, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Vol. IV, p. 25 

“The highest courage is to dare to appear to be what one is.” —John L. Spalding 

“The philosophy behind much advertising is based on the old observation that every man is really two men–the man he is and the man he wants to be.” —William Feather 

“The way to do is be.” —Lao Tzu 

“There is always a certain peace in being what one is, in being that completely.” —Ugo Betti 

“Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.” —Matthew 23:26 

“Unless, of course, you insist on identifying yourself with the people and things you love; and thereby seriously disturb yourself.” —Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper, A Guide to Rational Living, Third Edition, p. 175 

“You can grow and develop your ego but not your self.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“You did not create your self, therefore, you cannot change your self.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

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