„There is no doubt that in exchanging a self-centered for a selfless life we gain enormously in self-esteem.“

—  Eric Hoffer, buch The True Believer

Section 10
The True Believer (1951), Part One: The Appeal of Mass Movements
Kontext: There is no doubt that in exchanging a self-centered for a selfless life we gain enormously in self-esteem. The vanity of the selfless, even those who practice utmost humility, is boundless.

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„We're turning into a bunch of self-centered walking dead trash,,, and we're such zombies! We're such self-centered crap that we don't even notice Hell itself rising up against us.“

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„When, for whatever reason, self-esteem is unattainable, the autonomous individual becomes a highly explosive entity. He turns away from an unpromising self and plunges into the pursuit of pride — the explosive substitute for self-esteem. All social disturbances and upheavals have their roots in crises of individual self-esteem, and the great endeavor in which the masses most readily unite is basically a search for pride.“

—  Eric Hoffer American philosopher 1898 - 1983

Section 29
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Kontext: A fateful process is set in motion when the individual is released "to the freedom of his own impotence" and left to justify his existence by his own efforts. The autonomous individual, striving to realize himself and prove his worth, has created all that is great in literature, art, music, science and technology. The autonomous individual, also, when he can neither realize himself nor justify his existence by his own efforts, is a breeding call of frustration, and the seed of the convulsions which shake our world to its foundations.
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„It's self centered to think that human beings, as limited as we are, can describe divinity.“

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Kontext: The correct description is that we try every day to become more humble when we talk about divinity, we try to realize how little we know and how open minded we should be. It's self centered to think that human beings, as limited as we are, can describe divinity.

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