“Self-awareness is not self-centeredness

and spirituality is not narcissism.

Know thyself is not a narcissistic pursuit.”

—MARIANNE WILLIAMSON

self knowledge

In broad terms, the spiritual purpose of life is to grow out of narcissism into maturity. Self-awareness is the threshold competency that makes it possible to preserve a fair degree of narcissism and still achieve relative success (basically the appearance). Emotional intelligence is built on self-awareness and makes it possible to temper the effects of narcissism in our engagement with others. It may be thought of as the threshold competency for self-knowledge, which in the end is indistinguishable from humility and is the threshold competency for maturity. After maturity, the fruits are gathered.

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