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Live in the here and now world and forget the promises of spirituality

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Forget The Promises Of Spirituality And Do What Is Doable In The Here And Now World

Ozodi Osuji

My personal issues are biological and medical; my problematic body led me to wish for ideal body, ideal self and ideal social institutions, ideal animals and ideal trees and ideal everything.  If my body was not problematic I would not have wished for ideal anything; I would have reconciled myself to what is and left it at that.

The rational approach to my issues is physical science; that is, I must use observation and empiricism to solve my problems and solve human problems.  My issues do not call for spiritual solutions.

Spirituality takes one to speculations on other worldly issues. Talking about spiritual matters do not solve my problems and have not solved any ones problems.

Escape to talking about spirituality does not deal with the here and now world. In the here and now world only physical science solves our problems.

Psychology is useful provided that it is strictly biological but if it is not it is useless.  I explored psychology to understand my behavior and have understood it; therefore, psychology has no more use for me.

My goal is to figure out how people, given their biological and consequent psychological problems, can live well in human society; philosophy and pure reason is what addresses this issue. I am a philosopher; I call myself an existentialist philosopher.

What A course in miracles promises may or may not be possible; so far it has happened to only one human being in all of history, Jesus Christ. That is not good enough record to expect it to happen to other people.

What one needs to do is see what is doable and do it and leave it at that.  What is doable is that each of us has a body and that body produced a self-concept in him.

The individual's self-concept is the product of his inherited body; the specific dynamics of the individual's body is responsible for the formation of his personality.

The individual can study his body and personality and understand it. If it has aspects that are self-defeating he can work to change them or even completely let his personality go.

For example, I have a problematic, pained body that led me in childhood to wish for an alternative better body and self hence I developed an idealistic personality that always want to change me, change other people, change social institutions, change animals and trees and change the entire world and make them better.

I have pursued ideals and perfection all my life. If you pursue ideals and perfection what is will never be good enough for you; you look at what is with the imaginary ideal standards of your idealistic mind.  You are always dissatisfied with you and people and what is in general; you may become depressed.

The pursuit of ideals may lead to believing that one is an ideal self and that is paranoia, delusion disorder. Some idealistic persons become paranoid, some become depressed when their ideals are not attained.

If one posits an ideal self, a wished for self-one then defends it with the various ego defense mechanisms; one is no longer free and does not behave spontaneously.  One's life is circumscribed by the pursuit of ideals.

One can understand all these and make a conscious decision not to be defensive, not to defend the desired ideal, perfect self, to stop seeking ego prestige and simply let go of all mentally constructed ideals and perfections and have no defined and defended self.

One stops defending a false, grandiose self. Only the false grandiose self needs defense. The real does not need defense. The real is what it is and does not need to be defended to be real.

So stop trying to be a big, ideal self and do not defend a big ideal self and you relax and be emptied of ego and its self-concepts and have no self-concept and just live peacefully and happily.

This can be done and has been done in many people. Let go of the ego self, do not have an ego self, do not have a self that you defined and defend and just respond to situations as they arise.

Do not say that an alternative self, the Holy Spirit makes you respond differently; just do not behave from the ego.

Love you and love all people and if you make a mistake you correct it; if other people make mistakes they should correct them; if people behave in an antisocial manner and hurt other people, since people desire security and set up governments to protect them, their governments will apprehend anti-social persons and punish them.

This is what is doable; doing so makes life simple. One does not have to wait until ones ego dies and one lives as the Christ and is guided by the Holy Spirit; one does not have to leave this world and live in the light form. That is, one does not need to wait for the world A course in miracles promises to happen; one can just live without pursuit of ego ideals and leave it at that.

In the practical world this translates to doing ones work without egoism, and relating to other people without egoism, without presenting a false big self for other people to relate to and feeling angry when they do not collude with one and approve the false big self.

One can go about one's life with less ego and even with no ego, Asians (Hindus and Buddhist try to eliminate their egos...Africans are full of their egos, they even take pride in being egoistic hence are childish) do it all the time, and live peacefully and happily.

Live without trying to be an ego, a self-concept and do not defend a false self-concept and you live quietly and peacefully.

CONCLUSION

Identify a line of work that you have interest in, study it and do it with the best of your ability and do it twenty four seven.  Just do what you are good at doing and leave it at that. Do not do it to obtain social recognition or the other neurotic reasons why folks do things.

In my case I am a thinker, a philosopher; being a philosopher is what I do best. I am an existential philosopher; this means that I see the universe as pointless, meaningless and purposeless. The universe exists and will die and people will die with it. People evolved and have a will to live but there is really no point to their living.

People have a desire to live, so let them live and do what they have to do to make their living pleasurable to them and then die. They are just like other animals and their death is not more important than the death of animals and trees; they may have the delusion that they are special and matter to existence but they do not matter to existence.

I am not fazed by any ones death; people's death to me is no more important than the death of a dog.  People are born and die. But as long as they live what matters is for them to do what they individually have aptitude in doing and do it twenty-four seven and do it to the best of their ability; in so living they kill time until they die and get it over with. This is living without illusions.

It is how existentialists, from Schopenhauer to Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky, Kafka, Sartre, Camus, Heidegger, Jasper etc. lived and it is how I live: without illusions of my worth, for I have no worth and no human being has worth. We are nothing.

At best we are a part of a meaningless universe that can understand the universe; but why? The answer is silence (See Arthur Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Idea).

Ozodi Osuji

September 1, 2016

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: ozodiosuji@gmail.com (907) 310-8176