We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
“Nations, as individuals, who are completely innocent in their own esteem, are insufferable in their human contacts.” Before the Fall, Adam and Eve were sinless, cognitively innocent and morally innocent. But after the Fall, with moral innocence shattered, this other innocence turns into a mode of obtuseness. It is sin-blind and self-unaware. It will not and cannot see itself addressed when Jesus looks upon sinners and says with authority, “go and sin no more.”
The inability of folks to see themselves, to hear their own words, is perhaps the main source of any unhappiness I have in the world.
I have not found a satisfactory solution in human action (though I really should focus on a program of Jonathan Haidt's research next). The traditional Christian explanation is that it is the Holy Spirit that convicts - which is likely true, but it is hard for humans to live that way.
Assistant Village Idiot
AVI: Self-awareness is an elusive trait. a lot of folks are scared to look, to see what's what.
I believe that any spiritual or emotional work is done within a person. A lot of life is an "Inside Job" and anybody that tries to deal around this will not make it very far.
We can change personality, we often do to meet a social setting but to change one's character, that's where the work is, the Inside Job.
Some people don't want, take responsibility for their actions. It follows that they can take no credit for anything good that happens. And not much good does happen.