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Self-deception

I don't know why we sometimes fall in love with ourselves, our writings, pictures (people here are most obsessed with), our actions, looks, expressions, gait, etc., etc. We become happy when we see ourselves, or our deeds, yet we may be far from the Divine, yet we may not have any such admirable qualities we like to conjure up in our mind and imagination. Why?

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Rhodora Online said...

Very interesting question worth attempting to answer. People need to maintain a forced focus on their positive qualities---ANY positive qualities--- in order to avoid thinking about the negative ones. The hallmark of psychological maturity on the other hand is a reconciliation and harmonious awareness of both the positive and negative tendencies. In fact it can be side that we only have tendencies. Its usage and context determines whether it is positive or negative at a given moment. But people do not like to engage in such complicated thinking, so they take the easy way out. Some of such dynamics I have elaborated on my recent post which I have linked to in this comment.

Muhammad Umer Toor said...

Yes, but the perspective with which I's concerned in the post is that of self-images so prevalent in our Ummah / That tendency of ego to fall in love with our Opinions and paradigms, to raise our Opinions and curb everyone down / Of course ths doesn't imply reduction of diversity / Never, its following that attitude which Imam Shafi had, he said, "I only enter in a debate when I wish that Truth manifests through/on my opponent's tongue" (or something to that effect / SubhanAllah / Allah says that the key to unification of people is use of intellect, which is a clear proof that such thinking has not emerged in our Ummah... Moulana M Shafi's (ra) booklet "Wahdat e Ummat" is an excellent medicine - in fact his own life - to our religious disunity of various sects...

jazakAllah

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