Healing the Sicknesses of Philautia and Egocentricity through the Restoration of the Nous

In a previous post, I mentioned, “The soul of fallen man has come under the illusion of self-sufficiency.  Therefore, it is not satisfied with concerning itself with temporal needs (food, clothing, and shelter), but seeks also to dominate nature and others as well as to find new sources of sensual enjoyment.  In fact, man begins to view self-expansion and the self’s pleasures in their extreme form as inalienable rights.  Such a soul has become what is today called an ego. On the one hand, our spirit (or nous) in communion with God is our real self, the true seat of our personhood. On the other … [Read more...]