Monday, August 29, 2005

The Psychology of the Hero Soul

Sharif Khan's intent is to "promote heroes in the workplace and everyday life" in his book, The Psychology of the Hero Soul. He does an adequate job describing the qualities of a modern hero by reflecting on such standard themes as sacrifice, vision, action, and courage. These topics are made relevant with appropriate, if somewhat predictable, illustrations. I like his premise.

However, I don't like the path he takes to arrive at his destination. The fundamental problem with humanity, according to Khan and many other "self-help" authors, is not sin but lack of awareness of our inherent perfection.
Trying to become perfect, trying to become who you're not, is moving away from the source of perfection that is already within you. (p. 66)
Is that so? I don't know about you, but when I travel within to find my "higher self" it's a really short trip to disappointment. It may not appeal to the masses, but I believe our ultimate help comes from above, not within.

2 comments:

Gwynne said...

"when I travel within to find my "higher self" it's a really short trip to disappointment" LOL :-)

I believe our ultimate help comes from above, not within. Amen to that!

Good post.

Wayne M said...

You are so right! All other religions are just a self help manual. Not that we don't need to do our part to clean up our act, but that is after the fact (of becoming a child of God) and with the direction of the Holy Spirit.