In this podcast, Amadon DellErba talks about the virtue of selflessness over “self-love” and the dangers of #selflove becoming selfishness. In the world of social media today there is tremendous emphasis on self-love and little-to-none on selfless service to our brothers and sisters. What is lacking in our culture that we have to focus on loving ourselves so much? Could it be the constant messages from various forms of media implying we are not good enough, smart enough, rich enough, skinny enough, good-looking enough, cool enough, etc.
Drawing on concepts and quotes from The URANTIA Book and the life of The Master, Amadon points to the root problem that we are not living today in a culture of love and acceptance, and that the true nature of this concept of “self-love” is more about the desire to have self-worth and self-esteem. Our consumer culture tries to supplant this desire with a focus on taking care of one’s self, but the true path to achieving the highest form of “self love” and self respect is the path of selfless service; of being our brother’s and sister’s keeper. Amadon says, “Unselfishness ennobles the soul and sharpens one’s spiritual intelligence, and most importantly brings peace to the heart, and fills a person with meaning and joy.”
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