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September 14, 2015 / compassioninpolitics

Ravi Zacharias Critiques Modernity, Secularism, and Benthamite Utilitarianism

Daniel Yankelovich his article ended by the survey of many America couples and he ended by saying the stakes are high. If you feel it is imperative to fill all your needs and if these needs are contradictory or in conflict with those of others or simply unfillable and frustration inevitably follows… to Abby and to Mark, as well, self-fulfillment means having a career and marriage and children and sexual freedom and autonomy and being liberal and having money and choosing nonconformity and insisting on social justice and enjoying city life and country living and simplicity graciousness and reading and good friends and on and on. But indeed choose not to be fulfilled by being more autonomous. Indeed to move too far in this direction is to risk psychosis, the ultimate form of autonomy. The injunction that to find one’s self one must lose one’s self contains a truth that any seeker of self-fulfillment needs to grasp. The injunction that to find one’s self one must lose one’s self contains a truth that any seeker of truth needs to grasp. I could have saved him millions of dollars of research if he had read the Gospel of John. That if any man come unto me and deny himself and pickup his cross and follow me.

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Regarding this quest for self-fulfillment, sociologist Daniel Yankelovich arrived at an astounding analysis. He’d studied several couples in their pursuits and came to this conclusion. Please notice the word “and” in his summary of one particular couple he called “Abby and Mark.”

Here’s what he said. “If you feel it is imperative to fill all your needs, and if these needs are contradictory or in conflict with those of others, or are simply unfillable, then frustration inevitably follows. To Abby and to Mark self-fulfillment means having a career and marriage and children and sexual freedom and autonomy and being liberal and having money and choosing non-conformity and insisting social justice and enjoying city life and country living and simplicity and graciousness and reading and good friends and on and on.”

He adds, “The individual is not truly fulfilled by becoming ever more autonomous. Indeed, to move too far in this direction is to risk psychosis, the ultimate form of autonomy. The injunction”–notice this now please– “The injunction that to find one’s self, one must lose one’s self, contains the truth any seeker of fulfillment needs to grasp.”

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