We can’t help it. In our one-size-fits-all, mass-produced world, the temptation to extrapolate the entirety of existence from the viewpoint of our own personal experience (an egocentric worldview), looms large.
There is nothing to be found in egocentricity, aside from one’s personal myth– the truth in fable about that particular self; truth that escapes the egocentric individual as long as they continue in unabated projection of their own particularities into external universal truths.
Children are egocentric. They know of no other way to view reality. But adults? Adult egocentricity is a chosen venue. When faced with realities outside of our own experience, what could be an opportunity to expand personal understanding instead becomes an exercise in protection. Protection of outmoded ways of being.
We are human. And being human is hard. We long for certainty, but it’s much faster and easier to adopt a system of beliefs about what is Certain, than to search out and encounter Certainty on its own terms. Hence, the human propensity for worship of mere images of divinity instead of searching for a real, spiritual knowing of the Divine.
I think the central message of Christianity is clear on this– we are all called to find Christ. Not just in a system of beliefs we can ascribe to, but in real, soul-gripping, experience. The kind that changes both hearts and minds.
An egocentric worldview can be very telling… Because if one asks, seeks, and knocks, one cannot help but find Him. To find Him, and choose to follow the living Christ, is to be forever drawn into what is real. Which, by necessity, results in a constant moving away from an egocentric worldview. And eventually an integration of these particularities into our increasing knowledge of ourselves in light of Christ.
As I come to know what is my self, I discover a much deeper appreciation for my Creator. And I suspect, that this points to the fact that we cannot truly Love God, unless we first allow Christ to transform our hearts and minds. And that transformation can only come about through our own discovery of the living Christ. And that discovery requires that we refuse to settle for mere graven images– we defiantly push forward in seeking out Something greater than a mere intellectual system of beliefs. We doggedly resolve to know the One our beliefs point to.