Recently I have begun to notice that many of my friends have embraced the false-virtue of Individualism as an excuse to justify their excessive lifestyles.
Among them, many have argued that their excessive lifestyles are not immoral, yet are merely the means by which they express the core of their personhood, through which they expect to attain both happiness and fulfillment. Moreover, they consider admonishment toward these lifestyles as affronts on their very being, as they are only “being true to themselves”. It almost sounds like a religion, when you think about it, but I’ll leave that one be, for now. At any rate, this is my reply:
It has been said that “the Path of Excess leads to the Tower of Wisdom”. I must concede, this is probably so, but only after rendering the exorbitant toll of Regret; thereby depleting one’s treasury of Spirit; leaving one wholly dissatisfied.
Given such a price, it is no wonder that so many are inclined to leap from the top — ‘diving off the deep end’, as it were — in the misguided hopes of ‘just getting it all over with’.
No, to be brutally honest, Humility is the only prudent path: by virtue of staying on course, one carves out a deeper sense of appreciation within oneself, and ultimately arrives with a greater sense of satisfaction. And the only cost is that of the Ego — of which, we each possess an inexhaustible surplus.
I will post more on my concept of Ego and Spirit in the next post. Until then, feel free to rate, comment, and share. ^‿^