If we are to embark on the Journey Towards Authenticity, we have a responsibility to review and, if necessary, revise what has been previously embedded into us as apparent truth. While the following traits have traditionally been labeled as moral vices, there appears to be more at work than what our predecessors may have thought:
Entitlement may be a reaction to the fear of not being noticed and appreciated. It can also emerge as a response to unmet expectations based on what we have been convinced that we are due.
Greed is another symptom of fear and of being terrified that we will never have enough.
Arrogance and narcissism are also false fronts that say we do not feel safe enough to admit we are wrong.
Rebellion may often be a form of self-defense, so we must be careful not to crush the virtuous desire for justice and equality by assuming that all rebellion is by default an act of insolence.
Anger often masks hurt and can show the absence of control.
Pride often masks insecurity.
None of these appear to emanate from a predisposition of moral depravity but seem to more accurately fall under the category of predictable responses to traumatic environments. If this is true, then our responsibility would seem to be to modify what we have previously thought is normal so that our environments might elicit less toxicity.
Thank you very much, Chas. I write both the intent and hope of finding a means of resolving some of the world's most ancient of conflicts by appealing to both the intellectual and the sacred parts of the mind.