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Ann Druyan an American author and media producer said,

"A lot of people have this ego need that makes them want to believe that Earth is the center of the universe and humans are the most important species, the supreme expression of creation."
Remember, it is only the person who knows little that thinks he's a smart shit and knows it all. The more a person knows, the more he realizes that he doesn't know shit.

Shitbit by Poop John the First

Too much ego can lead to:

1. Arrogance, selfishness, greed, a sense of entitlement to whatever one wants. This leads to serious ends/means problems: such a person feels entitled to do whatever it takes to get what s/he wants. This leads to abuses of ends/means reasoning.

2. Intellectual arrogance: being too sure that one is right in what one believes. This tends to lead one to feel justified in doing whatever it takes to achieve one's goals. It elbows out any humility that might lead one to ask whether it was right to harm people for one's goals.

Too little ego can lead to:

1. excessive conformity, even servility, because one does not believe that one's own opinions are worth standing up for. It is very hard to have integrity if one has no respect for one's moral identity or for the kind of person one believes one is.

2. doing evil to assert to the world that one exists, that one should be paid attention to.

3. a need to show that one is superior to another by showing that one has power over him or her.

Marketers continue to make millions playing to people's egos. They know how to push one's buttons and get people to buy things totally outside their real needs. Buy to be sexier, happier, have more fun, and be more successful.

Rev. Dr. Sandra TePoel, Msc.D. writes in her blog Thinking from the Heart the following:

Among the pressures driving our dissatisfaction is the rise of marketing. Marketers have made fortunes for the businesses they serve by convincing the world that everyone needs their products or services in order to; be sexier, be happier, have more fun, keep up with others, and demonstrate their success. Unlike advertising, which helps you find what you need, marketing caters to the ego. The ego wants to be special; to have at least what others have, and preferably more. Marketers understand the desires of the ego and know how to push ones buttons without regard for individual needs or capabilities. And so, fewer and fewer companies make more and more money, much of which they spend on lobbying to create the political environment that best serves their interests. We call these systems capitalism and democracy, and lost in our egoistic ways, we think they represent the best systems for the rest of the world to follow.

While these problems are substantial, there may be an even bigger problem with man’s ego-centered approach to life. In his zeal to solve medical mysteries, provide cheap energy, end world hunger, and improve daily life, he has rushed into sciences he barely understands. This lack of understanding has steadily depleted the ozone layer, led to earthquakes from fracking for natural gas, poisoned millions of people with radiation, created droughts in some places and floods in others, and led to wars over natural resources and the attendant loss of many lives.

As man works to solve the problems of the world he seems to be creating even bigger problems. The biggest problem may be the tunnel vision that has developed as a result of greed. The wheels of our current science are lubricated with money. Given a choice between money and responsible use of earth’s resources, money usually prevails. All people share in this problem as co-conspirators until such a time as we are ready to exert our collective will to make change happen.

The greatest change of all if man is to live sustainably with our home must be the relationship between man and his ego. As long as man allows himself to be convinced of his specialness, he will continue to commodify, abuse, and destroy the world around him because he fails to see its relationship to himself.

"Save the Planet" is the most blatant egotistical statement being uttered  regarding man's current perspective regarding their relation to the world.

As members of the Church of the Holy Shitters we know it is not possible for us to "Save the Planet".   With a little humility we just might be able to save ourselves, however.

The Church of the Holy Shitters will post articles on our holy S.H.I.T. day ( So Happy It's Thursday)  

Last week 4/18/13: The Plunger - Part 2 - A New Use
Next week: 5/2/13:  Bottoms Up - Ass Forward thinking

Hoping to add some humor, provoke thought, spark debate,  deepen understanding, and shed some light on the fecal side.  

Remember:  "If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit." ( Shitbit by Poop John the First of the Church of the Holy Shitters)
Church of the Holy Shitters
A secular environmental religion, scientifically based, with a focus on the psychology of it all. Our ego is the culprit when it comes to dealing with climate change. We cannot save the planet. We can only save ourselves. Our current egotistical self-perception makes that prospect a dubious one at best. Meekness, humility and a realization that our shit does stink, guides us on our path to true sustainable living and climate equilibrium.


Cross posted (with changes) at http://holyshitters.com/

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

    by John Crapper on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 11:30:10 AM PDT

  •  This could be fun. (5+ / 0-)

    I hadn't noticed this group before.  I just clicked follow.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 11:33:26 AM PDT

    •  You've just taken the plunge down a pretty (3+ / 0-)
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      shitty journey.  Thanks.

      If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

      by John Crapper on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 11:39:19 AM PDT

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      •  I'm female. I like the Three Stooges. (1+ / 0-)
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        I prefer Benny Hill to Monty Python.

        My favorite scene in Blazing Saddles is the campfire.

        What can I say?

        Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

        by loggersbrat on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 12:58:37 PM PDT

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        •  If we can't maintain and nurture our sense of (2+ / 0-)
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          humor in the midst of all the crap we see happening around us we are really in trouble.  I love the stooges and Benny Hill and BlazingSaddles was a gas (pun intended).  Sometime Monty strikes chord with me an other times not so much.  Hope I don't dissappoint.  

          If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

          by John Crapper on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 01:08:15 PM PDT

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          •  "Jack" sometimes being a nickname for "John",... (2+ / 0-)
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            and "crap" being an alternative to s#it, I wonder if you've heard the following, which coincidentally just happened to have hit my email inbox today:

            WHO IS JACK SCHITT??????

                 For some time many of us have wondered just who is Jack Schitt?

               We find ourselves at a loss when someone says, 'You don't  know Jack Schitt!'

                Well, thanks to genealogy efforts, you can now respond in an intellectual way.

                Jack Schitt is the only son of Awe Schitt.

                Awe Schitt was married to O. Schitt, the fertilizer magnate, and  owner of Needeep N. Schitt, Inc. They had one son, Jack.

                In  turn, Jack Schitt married Noe Schitt. The deeply religious  couple produced six children: Holie Schitt, Giva Schitt,  Fulla Schitt, Bull Schitt, and the twins Deep Schitt and Dip  Schitt.

               Against  her parents' objections, Deep Schitt married Dumb Schitt, a  high school  dropout.  They had a son Tuff Schitt,  who grew up to be a radical union leader at the fertilizer company, Needeep N. Schitt.

               After  being married 15 years, Jack and Noe Schitt divorced. Noe  Schitt later married Ted Sherlock, and because her kids were living with them, she wanted to keep her previous name. She  was then known as Noe Schitt-Sherlock.

               Meanwhile, Dip Schitt married Loda Schitt, and they produced a  son with a  rather nervous disposition who was nick-named Chicken Schitt.

              Two  of the other six children, Fulla Schitt and Giva Schitt, were  inseparable throughout childhood and subsequently married the Happens brothers in a dual ceremony.

               The wedding announcement in the newspaper announced the Schitt-Happens nuptials.

               The Schitt-Happens children were Dawg, Byrd, and Horse.

               Bull Schitt, the prodigal son, left home to tour the world.

               He recently returned from Italy with his new Italian  bride, Pisa Schitt.  They had a son, Godda Schitt.

               Now  when someone says, 'You don't know Jack Schitt,' you can  correct  them.

                Sincerely,

                Crock O. Schitt

                NOTE:  PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO ANYONE WHO NEEDS A  LAUGH.

                REMEMBER:  IF YOU DON'T, THEN YOU MIGHT POSSIBLY BE RELATED TO FULLA SCHITT OR GIVA SCHITT.


            ; )

            "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

            by Neuroptimalian on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 02:35:17 PM PDT

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  •  In other words: (5+ / 0-)

    Don't be too selfish and don't be evil.  Sounds pretty good to me.

    Boehner Just Wants Wife To Listen, Not Come Up With Alternative Debt-Reduction Ideas

    by dov12348 on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 11:41:51 AM PDT

  •  I think it's ultimately about consciousness (6+ / 0-)

    We all have and need egos, we just come equipped that way. If you're aware of your ego and how it can be manipulated it's much easier to use it constructively, both for yourself and for the benefit of the larger community and ultimately the planet. But boy, if you don't know how to operate it, it's like giving a chain saw to a blind man. It's quite fascinating: God/Nature/Universe gave us this amazing tool that I think is the most powerful one at our disposal, but no instruction manual. That's why I think Buddhism is so much more advanced than any other religion/philosophy, because it teaches us to became aware of and navigate our ego.

    Ecology is the new Economy

    by citisven on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 11:45:16 AM PDT

    •  I'm personally atheist but of any organized (3+ / 0-)
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      religion I have the closest affinity with Buddhism.  Many argue that it really isn't a true religion and I tend to be in that camp.  After you enter our home the first thing you see is a wooden figure of Buddha.  I agree it is a matter of consciousness.  I read a book a long time ago by Marcus Aurelius on Stoicism.  It really gave me a totally new outlook on man's ego in relationship to the whole.  All we are is dust in the wind.  

      Another book that specifically attempted to address stages of consciousness was The Greening of America by Charles Reich.  There was a time in my life when I thought consciousness III was inevitable.  Oh the optimism of youth!  

      If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

      by John Crapper on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 11:56:19 AM PDT

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      •  I guess Buddhism is what you make it (4+ / 0-)

        for some it can be helpful to join a temple or zen center, learn meditation techniques and study the precepts. Me, I'm more of a Buddhist freelancer, and I think the fact that you can get there on your own takes away the religious middleman. I'm sure Siddhartha wouldn't care either way, but for that matter, Jesus probably wouldn't either.

        As far as consciousness, there was certainly a time in my life when I had more of a new age type relationship to it, thinking that there would at one point this big sudden shift in consciousness that would jolt through all souls on earth. While still absolutely dedicated to facilitating that kind of a shift, I've become much more pragmatic about how it might come about. I think it's much more about doing the hard footwork on the ground than about hoping for some sort of a grand cosmic intervention.

        Ecology is the new Economy

        by citisven on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 12:13:00 PM PDT

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  •  I've had the same reservation (3+ / 0-)

    about the "save the planet" meme. It just sounds so neo-colonial, as if we owned it. Then again, our egos have been manipulated to think of themselves as the masters of the planet since Genesis 1:28.

    And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

    The rest, they say, is history.

    Ecology is the new Economy

    by citisven on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 11:50:47 AM PDT

    •  The bible is very inconsistent it its message too! (2+ / 0-)
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      There are other verses with a different message which seem to indicate God is directing humans to care for the environment and  will suffer dire consequences for ignoring this obligation.   For example:

      “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of  Eden to work it and take care of it.”  (Genesis 2:15)  

      “You shall not pollute the land in which you live…. You shall not defile the land in which you live, in which I also dwell; for I the LORD dwell among the Israelites.”  
      (Numbers 35:33-34)  

      If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

      by John Crapper on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 12:00:44 PM PDT

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