The Bondage of Self (8 of 10) by Wayne Coleman

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The Bondage of Self (8 of 10)
Wayne Coleman

Self. The noun of self* used as a prefix in many compounds, and denoting a. the person or thing affected, as in self conscious. b. the agent that of itself acts in a manner implied by the word with which it is joined; the subject of the action; as in self pollinated. c. with adverbial force: {1) To, with, for, or toward oneself, as in self-centered. {2) Of or in oneself inherently, as in self-evident. d. With adjectival force: {1} Obs. Personal; individual. {2) Independent, as in self-government. e. Automatic; - in nouns denoting, or adjectives describing, apparatus, as in self- loading.

* The noun of self is defined as: An individual considered as an identical person; a being regarded as having a personality; a being in its relations to its own identity. personal interest or advantage; selfishness. There are numerous positive images of self being used today to specify one's substance as an individual. Those who are fortunate enough to accrue these values, follow the philosophy of the system, and excel within the ethics of that same system, are certain to be accepted by their peers as being true professionals. In fact the following list might serve as a set of beatitudes for success:

1. Successful will be the self-confident.
2. Successful will be the self-controlled.
3. Successful will be the self-disciplined.
4. Successful will be the self-motivated.
5. Successful will be the self-esteemed.
6. Successful will be the self-sufficient.
7. Successful will be the self-sacrificing.

This list of beatitudes for success could certainly be much longer. However, since the number seven in the bible represents perfection we will stop with these. Should one person be able to accrue and master all seven of these characteristics at one time, surely he would be recognized as a self-made man.

As unfortunate as it may be, we live in a world and system that formulates its conclusions based upon external values. Most Am ...


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