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heart of what otherwise threatens to become a virtue. By this method thousands of humans have been brought to think
that humility means pretty women trying to believe they are ugly and clever men trying to believe they are fools. And
since what they are trying to believe may, in some cases, be manifest nonsense, they cannot succeed in believing it and
we have the chance of keeping their minds endlessly revolving on themselves in an effort to achieve the impossible. To
anticipate the Enemy's strategy, we must consider His aims. The Enemy wants to bring the man to a state of mind in
which he could design the best cathedral in the world, and know it to be the best, and rejoice in the, fact, without being
any more (or less) or otherwise glad at having done it than he would be if it had been done by another. The Enemy
wants him, in the end, to be so free from any bias in his own favour that he can rejoice in his own talents as frankly and
gratefully as in his neighbour's talents—or in a sunrise, an elephant, or a waterfall. He wants each man, in the long run,
to be able to recognise all creatures (even himself) as glorious and excellent things. He wants to kill their animal selflove as soon as possible; but it is His long-term policy, I fear, to restore to them a new kind of self-love—a charity and
gratitude for all selves, including their own; when they have really learned to love their neighbours as themselves, they
will be allowed to love themselves as their neighbours. For we must never forget what is the most repellent and
inexplicable trait in our Enemy; He really loves the hairless bipeds He has created and always gives back to them with
His right hand what He has taken away with His left.
His whole effort, therefore, will be to get the man's mind off the subject of his own value altogether. He would rather
the man thought himself a great architect or a great poet and then forgot about it, than that he should spend much time
and pains trying to think himself a bad one. Your efforts to instil either vainglory or false modesty into the patient will
therefore be met from the Enemy's side with the obvious reminder that a man is not usually called upon to have an
opinion of his own talents at all, since he can very well go on improving them to the best of his ability without deciding
on his own precise niche in the temple of Fame. You must try to exclude this reminder from the patient's consciousness
at all costs. The Enemy will also try to render real in the patient's mind a doctrine which they all profess but find it
difficult to bring home to their feelings—the doctrine that they did not create themselves, that their talents were given
them, and that they might as well be proud of the colour of their hair. But always and by all methods the Enemy's aim
will be to get the patient's mind off such questions, and yours will be to fix it on them. Even of his sins the Enem...
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2014 for the course MIS 304 taught by Professor Mejias during the Spring '07 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.
- Spring '07