On Temperance, Humility, Self Responsibility, and The Futility of Self-Importance

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By Dr. Dorit kedar



On Temperance

People tend to fluctuate between virtue and vice, ebb and flow, bad times and good times, love and hatred, the physical and the spiritual.

Their angels are responsible for strength and courage or for compassion and grace…

Their gods have the angelical aspect which gives life or the demonic aspect, which leads to a terrible death or doom.

Temperance is the Path of the ones who are not tempted by their personal path as means to build an illusory future, which only repeats what has already occurred.

Temperance can be attained by these who practice to be fully aware of the Becoming, always in motion towards the Unknown.

Temperance may be attained by the self sufficient awareness ,which considers the permanent evolving, as a thrilling “Home”

Such an awareness never depends on the known but is rather oxygenated by The Unknown.

Dwelling within the Unknown frees the mind of personal concepts and enables it to deal with whatever happens with Temperance.




Humility as a vehicle to enhance mindfulness.

Whenever the mind is busy with fantasies of fame and acclaim, it is magnetized and even hypnotized by the anticipation itself,meantime losing contact with the occurring , that is with the present context of events and things.

The anticipation for success and fame also damages focusing on the perfection of whatever one actually does.

An exaggerated ambition blurs the facts and might enrapture imagination and thought towards over-zealousness or stagnation.

Humility is the best practice, so as to withstand the basic fate of mortality and the Mystery of Eternal Becoming and Transformation.




Self responsibility

  Self responsibility is a lesson, which could facilitate any peace process,be it between persons or nations.

Self responsibility draws the attention to one’s productive plans or stagnation and indifference.

Relevant or non-relevant feelings and actions with respect to the changing circumstances.

Altruist or egocentric intentions and deeds.

Flexible or stubborn reactions.

Endurance and strength of will or laziness and mental / emotional fluctuations.

Ability of adaptation and acceptance or a uni-dimensional prejudiced attitude.

Humbleness versus hierarchical social world view.

Focusing on ourselves performing in our daily life, accrues self-knowledge, while diminishing bitterness caused by seeing the other as responsible for the outcome of our acts.

The Futility of self importance
Self-importance keeps the person as a permanent slave of society, as it depends on the acclaim of the people.

Self importance requires a psychological higher stage to stand on and an applauding audience.

Gradually self importance becomes a central and indispensable aspect of one’s identity.

Hierarchical views, the direct result of self importance, narrow the sight spectrum, entrapping consciousness solely to focus and improve self stand and viewpoints.

Step by step the attitude of self-importance avoids a direct experience of the fleeting here and now.

Thus humbleness is not only a moral requisite but a necessary tool to practice inner freedom and self sufficiency.

If individuals and nations along history would have practiced humbleness and non hierarchy giving up cultural and religious self importance, the world would have looked better.

But we can still try and practice as, the daily bread, the lesson of overcoming self-importance in order to accelerate the lesson of inner freedom.




About Dr. Dorit Kedar

Forced to continuously change nations, cultures and schooling - I had to develop a wider sense of communication, a way of thinking-feeling-behaving which stresses the common denominators. The need to adapt new landscapes and land-souls has taught instinctive means to overcome separatism, prejudices, dogmatic beliefs and suspicions. While looking for the common gathering denominators, I have also increased the ability of perception and individuation. Being constantly in estranged places has triggered psychological processes to turn the unfamiliar into familiar. As an art critic in the Israeli press, a curator, a writer - have always dealt with the otherness, the different and the infinite variety of the Existent. My Book of Peace is the result.
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