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JEALOUSY AND COMPETITIVENESS IN THE FACE OF WHAT IS HIGHER PDF Print E-mail
Psychology - Soul

mind-competitivenessIn times of crisis, the fear of death, which we exile to the unconscious in times of 'abundance' and normality, comes to the surface. Although it is always present within us, we prefer to leave it to slumber rather than facing it with honesty. This temporising has many practical consequences, at an individual and social level. Until we become conscious of how much the fear of death determines all our reactions, everything will be interpreted in terms of brute power.

Consequently, it will be competitiveness and jealousy which will regulate our actions and everything will be interpreted on the basis of a hierarchisation of power, even if this is clothed with the cloak of spirituality. This is the approach which has characterised the past and marks the present, while the common experience of barbarity reveals how warped such an approach to life is.

Liberation from fear frees our intelligence on new horizons. It reveals a new hierarchisation of life. The scale is no longer determined by prestige and power, but by the capacity for synthesis and liberation from the bonds of desire and fear. (Solon editorial team)

Jealousy and competitiveness in the face of what is higher
Surrender to the fear of death gives rise to jealousy and competitiveness in the face of what is higher. Fear and jealousy operate both in the field of actions and internally, cancelling out the inner experiencing of divinity. In spite of the insistent proclamations of the divinity of man by those who originally inspired this teaching, these are increasingly marginalised. Thus the inner experience of being and of liberation from inner jealousy as to our internal entity is replaced by a guilt-ridden super ego as a necessary countervailing rule.[i]

This inner theatrical battle has been symbolised many times, sometimes in religious and cultural terms, and sometimes in art and culture more broadly, and even in the field of the experience of the ranking of concepts and ideas, as in the pyramid of the psychologist Abraham Maslow.[ii]

This fear and jealousy act against everything which is broader, in the sense of an inability to feel a measure of hierarchical - spiritual analogy to the transcendental. Fear operates against the inner point of everything as a denial of the possibility - within the repetitive, ritual sequence of time - of the presence of the eternal and the life of time freed from fixation on its concrete form being experienced now. Fixation on form is expressed by the myth of Cronus eating his children. Fixation on form means enslavement to anything in which a primary principle above all others is power.

Opposed to a relation of such a kind with being, in relation to time, is liberation from the idols of power and their ranking in terms of power. The idols of power function as aspects of divisive duality, which, in the end, fraudulently mediate superiority. Real superiority and its power can be summed up as a good bringing synthesis and liberation, and in no circumstances does it operate under a regime of the use of fear and its derivatives, such as prestige.[iii]

Thus, if we are to exercise ourselves in the perspective of non-dualism, we must understand non-linear transcendences - that is, transcendences which are not necessarily expressed by a binding of the relation with form, with its authority and prestige, in an absolute external hierarchical order of idols. (This order of idols has been rendered in symbols by various world narratives and symbolic myths.)

The development of a non-dualistic approach also operates by dispensation with an evolutionary geometrisation, a geometrical development of proportionality of an evolving process which, however, is not imprisoned in a morphological fixation idols.

Geometry and symmetry bring to light an evolutionary schema. Evolutionarity is revealed as a spiritual cohesion of analogy in which the form itself now takes on the role of a de-idolisation of non-formism, as has been very rightly and repeatedly pointed out by Ioanna Moutsopoulou.


Ioannis Zisis, writer

This text forms part of the essay 'Fear in the face of Time or fear in the face of Creation and Evolution'.



[i] The psychologist Carl Jung's view of Nietzsche and his relation with the divine, and on the psychological law which governs the projections of the unconscious is of interest: "Didn't Nietzsche pronounce that God was dead? And that the Superman would inherit the divine inheritance? That fated tightrope-walker and clown? It is an immutable law of psychology that the projection which is no longer projected always returns to its source. Thus, when someone discovers the idea that God is dead or that he has never existed at all, the psychic image of God, which represents a certain dynamic and psychic structure, returns to the subject and creates a state which makes man believe that he is himself God. In other words, it brings to the forefront all the attributes which characterise only the foolish and the mad, and which, for this reason, lead to disaster." Jung, Carl, The Archetype of Totalitarianism [Greek edition], p. 97.

[ii] An example of ranking of concepts is provided by the hierarchy of human needs of the psychologist Abraham Maslow:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs 

[iii] Zisis, Ioannis, The Totalitarianism of Fascination.


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