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Feuerbach on Consciousness.....

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  • Bob M.
    Consciousness is self-verification, self-affirmation, self-love, joy in one s own perfection. Consciousness is the characteristic mark of a perfect nature; it
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 7, 2008
      Consciousness is self-verification, self-affirmation,
      self-love, joy in one's own perfection. Consciousness
      is the characteristic mark of a perfect nature; it
      exists only in a self-sufficing complete being. Even
      human vanity attests this truth. A man looks in the
      glass; he has complacency in his appearance. This
      complacency is a necessary, involuntary consequence
      of the completeness, the beauty of his form. A beautiful
      form is satisfied in itself; it has necessarily joy
      in itself - in self-contemplation. This complacency
      becomes vanity only when a man piques himself on his
      form as being his individual form, not when he admires
      it as a specimen of human beauty in general. It is
      fitting that he should admire it thus: he can conceive
      no form more beautiful, more sublime than the human.
      Assuredly every being loves itself, its existence -
      and fitly so. To exist is good. Everything that exists
      has value, is a being of distinction - at least this is
      true of the species: hence it asserts, maintains itself.
      But the highest form of self-assertion, the form which
      is itself a superiority, a perfection, a bliss, a good,
      is consciousness.

      From 'The Essence of Christianity' by Ludwig Feuerbach

      Bob M.
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