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Why egoism is not the same that narcissism

Wed 25, April 2012

This is maybe the first time in my life I managed to convince someone about something philosophical.

Concretely my (Catholic) IT teacher.

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The first pillar I tried to destroy was the confusion between egoism and narcissism; a pillar that protected another pillar that…

“+Pillar+”

+Belief of the existence of god+

Only protected by:

+Belief of that the no-existence of god is ignorance+

Partially protected by:

+Common sense of that belief+

That is divided in many other pillars, included:

+Belief of that the man is moving away of god+

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The last point was dogmatic, so I tried to shape the pillar:

“Because of ignorance and egoism; if someone doesn’t know that god exists he can’t follow god, and if someone is too egoist for follow god he simply will dedicate his life to himself”

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Point.

Now the pillar is:

+Belief of that the man is moving away of god because of their ignorance and egoism+

Divided in:

+Belief of hat the man is moving away of god because of their ignorance+

+Belief of that the man is moving away of god because of their egoism+

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The second pillar was “easy”, so I tried some arguments.

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Argument 1:

“Why someone that is egoist won’t do good things for go to heaven?”

“Someone that is really egoist won’t do that”

“But if it’s really egoist he will understand that being good in a short life will give he an eternity of happiness, even if he had to do extremely hard things”

“He won’t”

“But a lot of people work hard in life for get rich, they end very rich and after that they spend their last 50, 40 or 30 last years in life enjoying all that money. Why they won’t prefer to work less hard, being good persons, to get an eternity of full happiness instead of only some years of partial happiness?”

“If that someone is really egoist he won’t do that”

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Now I know where is the problem (yes, the confusion between egoism and narcissism, you are very clever), so I tried a new sort of arguments, concretely a parable (sorry for the blasphemy):

“Three persons are ice-cream vendors. The first of them loves kids (the most common clients), the second don’t like the kids much, and the third hates the children. They can’t switch job because of… But all of them needs to work because, well, they have to eat! So, the first person loves his work because he loves kids, so, his work is not only a mean to get money but also something that he enjoys. The second person is indifferent to his job, so, his work is a mean to get money and nothing more. And the third person hates children, so he won’t work, even if he can’t eat.”

“OK”

“Now, three persons have to decide what they do in life. All of them are catholic, the first loves god and also do good things, the second don’t loves god but wants the best to himself and the third hates all but he. Now, the first will do good things because he wants to be a good person; the second person don’t thinks is important to be a good person, but wants the best to himself, so he will do good things because he want to go to heaven and enjoy an eternity of happiness; and the third person won’t do good things because he simply can’t be a good person”

“OK”

“So, the first person in both cases is a “good samaritan”, the second person is an egoist and the third person is a narcissist”

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Pillar destroyed!!!

+Belief of the existence of god+

Only protected by:

+Belief that the no-existence of god is ignorance+

Partially protected by:

+Common sense of that belief+

That is divided in many other pillars, included:

+Belief of that the man is moving away of god because of their ignorance+

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A little step.

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