The “Self”-concept: Edit

Rather than focusing on the differences between a limited and a limitless, expression of Self, Hegel simplifies the relationship between the Universal and the Particular (the Spiritual and the Physical, The Eternal and the Temporal), arguing that their is only one Reality (Real) for the Self, unlike many philosophers before and after him.

By applying a range of possibilities, of an object, or to ones Self’s expression, from a limited to a limitless Self, he argues that one isn’t good or bad in reality, but merely the expansion of the same Self’s (or objects) reality.  

Kant used his concept of Duty, much like Plato applied his Good and Bad dualism, to provide an explanation for why humans strived to mindfully overcome their fleshly inclinations and bodily appetites.

Semantically, Hegel by polarizing the expression of the Self, removes the necessary judgment implicit in the concept of Good and Bad. This also shifts the focus off of the more externalized Socratic Self-emulated type of virtuous Self-expression, onto a more internalized growth based one.

Nietzsche argued that the Socratic externalization of virtue, or virtue as something to be sought for its own sake, resulted in a largely unaware and clueless populace, and that it depleted the culture of the very thing it was intended to instill.  

Hegel’s idea is Self-determinative and removes the focus on comparing ones Self to other limited Self’s, and places the focus back on the internal Self and its expression for its own sake.

By affixing any part of ones conscious awareness on other limited states of expression, that necessarily subtracts a measure of ones own Self expression and higher internalized ideals along with it, as that portion of awareness remains stuck on some external object(s).

Hegel’s idea of Reality:  When a thing determines itSelf, rather than depending on its relations to other things for its Essential Character, it is more fully Real!

Limited things do not determine themSelves, because limited things determine their essential character by their boundaries over and against other limited things.

If ones essential character is based on other limited Self expressions, eventually the culture as a whole will become a composite of even less than the average limited individual self expression.

To become Real (True Self), the limited must Transcend themSelf.

Therefore; the limited Self and the limitless Self, are not two independent Realities, but the Limitless Self is the Self, is in a state of Transcending the former Limited Self.  

Egocentricism, is not a result of the self-possessed, it is a result of looking outside of ones Self for a sense of ones Self.

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