32. Intellectual Discussion About this Key to Defeat Satan
Here, “Satan” is used, as above explained, as Jesus uses the term when he refers to Simon Peter as such (similarly, “Satan entered into Judas,” Lk. 22:3). Meaning, Satan inhabits or possesses any person who acts destructive.
The following more discusses the earlier-mentioned, conceptual “key to defeat Satan,” which is a key effective against the type of Satan who is egotistical and has minions (e.g., a dictator or an abusive boss). More specifically, the key is the revelation, into the realm of obviousness, of egotism’s intrinsic shamefulness. Such a revelation has the psychological muscle to defeat Satan because Satan is egotistical and egotism is designed to prevent, at whatever cost, an embarrassing loss of face. (In contrast, humility shamefully admits wrongdoing.) Therefore, if egotism is clearly recognized as embarrassing, egotism becomes counterproductive. (Note: during my brief, concluding remarks with the Chief and Patricia, I only alluded to the heart of the forthcoming points.)
1. Egotism is a height of unjustifiable self-centeredness.
2. Unjustifiable self-centeredness validates the self at all costs and trivializes external inputs contradicting such a self-image, even valid inputs.
3. An egotist covets adulation and idolization since such obsequious behavior of others solidifies the egotist’s self-centeredness and individual authority.
4. Even when wrong, egotists need to appear right. Were they viewed as mistaken, egotists would suffer an embarrassing loss of face that would reduce both their being adulated and their individual power. (Even a human idol, when mistaken, becomes tarnished and less worshiped; and, those who are proven wrong are diminished in their control over others. After all, faith is reduced in those shown to be mistaken due to followers not wanting to be again fooled.)
5. Egotists, loathe to blame themselves, are necessarily shameless. (Those who are shamefaced must, to a degree, shed egotistical feelings: embarrassment, which comes from an admission of sin or wrongdoing, removes oneself from self-centeredness: with guilt, self-doings are negated and another method of being is considered more righteous.)
6. Because egotists must be correct even when not, egotists, to maintain their façades, lie. Consequently, egotism is inherent cowardice. After all, a fear of the truth’s discovery underlies an egotist’s machinations; and, because someone with fear is undeserving of true worship because whatever is feared must be of a greater power, egotism is embarrassing because cowardice is embarrassing.
7. Mark Twain said, “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” Therefore, as liars, to maintain a lie, must cover all bases (often an impossibility), egotism, besides being embarrassing, is exhausting.
8. Egotists, also, lose out on love. Consider: while egotists can have their admirers, only those who honestly reveal themselves can find true and lasting love. Egotists cannot achieve true love because an egotist’s artificial image of him- or herself may—due to the grueling and tiring nature of maintaining a false image—sometimes shatter. At such a time, when the sorry truth is revealed, those who had admired the pre-shattered image lose their admiration.
In contrast, someone who is honest about him- or herself attracts another who is happy with such characteristics; and, as such characteristics are inherent, the image of the someone is never spent so that the love can be always maintained. Hence, being oneself is better than perpetually propping up a false image. Only by being genuine can someone find true love, the greatest human emotion.
9. Besides the originally-based-on-false-premises, eventually-fading idolization that egotists receive, they, too, may obtain adulation from sycophants. However, this other type of adulation, also, fades due to its shallow nature. After all, it is impossible for a sycophantic individual, who projects love and admiration superficially, to maintain his or her false show forever because, in time, the sycophant’s own, subconscious need for self-respect catches up and overpowers conscious obsequiousness. Thus, egotistical persons, such as dictators, naturally chew through even their yes-men (who may be their closest family members, advisors, and “friends”) because such obsequious individuals multifariously rebel, backstab, become unreliable, show less outward respect, etc.
10. Egotists, due to their unbearable-to-self-respecting-folk personalities, necessarily gather toadies to their coteries. Hence, an egotist receives reverence from those who must themselves be cowards with insufficient faith or courage to provide their own needs without bootlicking. So, like someone ridiculously becoming conceited after being given an award by fools, the self-esteem received by egotists is of a quality pitifully inferior to the adoration that is based on true respect.
Analogously, a difference between real respect and the ultimately false adulation received by egotists, is akin to the difference between the mutual admiration shared by a faithful couple to that, to be blunt, of a john and his hooker. In fact, egotists, because they cannot maintain true love due to their selfishness, are forced, for their physical affection, to bed literal or metaphorical whores. How embarrassing!
11. As a poor mother may skimp on her portion to make sure that her children are fed, with real love, one naturally needs less of the resources that selfish, egotistical people feel a need to control. Therefore, egotism, to another degree, is embarrassing foolhardiness since egotists fight over resources for which there would be less need were such persons to have love, which is more available to those who are less egotistical.
12. Lies, when uncovered, are, of course, unsupportable. Therefore, to maintain control and to silence naysayers, egotists may resort to bribery, corruption, violence, or even murder.
13. In an animalistic, survival-of-the-fittest world without enough for all, such a described, ruse-based or violent method of maintaining control can be beneficial. After all, dominion, by whatever means necessary, over limited resources can encourage survival. (Relatedly, Satan, in 1 Peter 5:8, is likened to the king of the survival-of-the-fittest beasts: a roaring lion seeking to devour. Too, the Hebrew sages equate humanity’s evil inclination to a lion.)
14. However, amongst above-the-beasts humans, the possibility both of sufficiency for all and of living not in a might-makes-right society but in civility does exist. Therefore, egotists invariably choose lesser animism and forfeit the inherent privileges that come with the maintenance of a civil society. These privileges include peace, which is an ideal state that is impossible to achieve with egotists who, due to their self-centeredness, do not fairly compromise.
15. In fact, as unfairness creates conflict, the greater egotism, the greater conflict. Consider: the more egotistical is a person, that is, the more self-centered, such a person would more abuse his or her power in that an abuse of power may be defined as control that is more self-interested than responsible.
16. Therefore, egotism is a further embarrassment because egotists foolishly and invariably throw away the fruits of human civility for a lesser, might-makes-right, survival-of-the-fittest animalism that is inherently conflict creating, risky, and stress-producing.
17. Self-centered egotists toss aside their peace-of-mind because no one has the unlimited resources to oppress ceaselessly. Therefore, dictators or their progeny, eventually overthrown by backlash, lose whatever it was that was gained by their selfishness. Moreover, even before being overthrown, dictators are mentally and physically saddled with oppressive security concerns, whereby they lose their freedom.
18. Crucially, the previously listed points can be revealed palpably even to children. For instance, a child can quickly learn that it is exhausting to lie and that inappropriate bossiness leads to fewer friends and more fights. Children, also, can understand that lying is cowardice and that cowardly people should not be admired. Youths can, too, fathom that a person pretending to be someone that he or she is not, would likely be consumed by fear, jealousy, self-hatred, or some other pathology.
19. Final note: there exists, of course, a type of egotism that, not based on lies, arises, rather, from being the best, knowing it, and rudely letting everyone else know too. This type of competitive egotism, based on a dog-eat-dog paradigm of winners and losers, also, barters away love for something of lesser worth. (Nice guys finish last because they know the loving sense of helping those who are left behind.) Moreover, as someone faster, smarter, or more beautiful always comes along ultimately, the ego boost of victorious competition is fleeting. At that eventual time, like a once-successful, undercutting megastore going bankrupt due to even newer, overwhelming competition, those who had been the winners are left the losers in the same system in which they were once the ravenous lions.
Again, all the above points I did not discuss with the Security Chief and Patricia. However, I did relate that the key to defeat Satan had been given. At that time, I, also, knew and somewhat expressed that Satan, not melancholic, is passionate.
This means that, as Satan needs enough attention to sustain the ego, Satan can be disempowered because the rug can be swept out from underneath the ego-boost that Satan gets from egotism! Thereafter, Satan, from Satan’s own will, should ideally repent because Satan, in need of attention and self-esteem, would recognize the impossibility of maintaining genuine affection and self-respect when not properly behaving. Satan wants love, but Satan forces people to love him. Hence, the love is not real. Truly, no one can escape from God! This is why good always wins—eventually!
You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.