A.J. Castellitto
February 4, 2015
The I-polar epidemic (and the equality scale's annihilation of the godly standard)
By A.J. Castellitto

"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly... "

Depression and narcissism are the two extreme sides of the self-love coin. When we gauge our self worth by worldly achievement and public adoration, failure can be fatal.

When our egos and libidos are a bottomless pit of sensual carnality in need of a perpetual refill, is it a wonder how a relatively brief dry spell may trigger an emotional spiral? When personal and economic fulfillment is viewed more as an entitlement than a mere expectation, widespread disappointment becomes the ultimate anticipation.

http://www.gotquestions.org/narcissism.html

A hard reality check is on the horizon. Our personal shortcomings and professional disappointments can easily render us jaded and depressed. Narcissistic pride comes before the devastating fall. While spiritual awareness and personal humility leaves us emotionally grounded and physically resilient.

http://www.catholiceducation.org/en/education/catholic-contributions/challenging-america-s-me-first-culture.html

It all depends on our perspective. We are either guided by a temporal, short-term, gratification-based perspective or an eternal one. In the pursuit of global equality, Godly virtue must succumb to personal/preferential pleasure.

http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevinwax/2015/02/02/why-were-always-talking-past-one-another/#comment-134984

Doing the right thing is growing increasingly relative, while doing what feels right (or what will achieve the most personally desirous outcome) is swiftly taking full precedence. When anything becomes permissible, all things are disposable. (Be mindful of who has the power and how they intend to use/abuse it).

"Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh" – Romans 13

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A.J. Castellitto

A.J. Castellitto is a freelance writer who resides in NJ with his wife and five children. He holds a B.S. in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Scranton and his writings have been published at The Center for Western Journalism, The Christian Post, Intellectual Conservative and Reformed Perspective Magazine.

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