The supreme evil is solipsism.
To prefer one’s own imagined world to the transcendently real world —
To prefer one’s own categories to the real being of fellow-beings —
To prefer one’s own theorized dynamics to the actual doing of fellow beings —
To prefer one’s own moral formulae to the intrinsic value of fellow beings —
And to terrorize, dominate, suppress or punish the beings of the real world for non-compliance with one’s own imagined Truth —
All these are symptoms of misapotheosis.
Misapotheosis is confusing one’s own self with God — It is a hubris of simple ignorance — Of willful ignorance of transcendent being — Of contempt for all that defies one’s own mind-products — Of hatred of infinity and infinity’s dread — Of the dread of the indefinable.
A semblance of omniscience requires shrinking omni to the paltry 1200 cubic centimeters that fit inside a human skull.
Only with extreme and willful ignorance of the overwhelming majesty and richness of reality can we confuse ourselves for God and prefer our own tiny truth with the vastness of Reality.
To maintain such titanic hubris we need lots of help.
So we duplicate our little omniscience, pour it inside other skulls with a similar need to possess Truth.
This produces universality.
Everyone knows that this contained universe, reproduced inside likeminded skulls is universally true, because everyone who knows anything knows this.
And, also, we know exactly why those others who deny the truth cannot accept the truth.
We know the unbeliever’s conscious and unconscious ulterior motives — and that is a part of the truth we know. Everyone who knows anything knows this.
“What? You search? You would multiply yourself by ten, by a hundred? You seek followers?– Seek zeros! –“
If you can stand the humiliation of seeing yourself within an infinite perspective — as one unique spark in an infinite fire — you can participate in God instead of needing either to be God, or to deny God.
Rabbi Simcha Bunim taught: “Keep two pieces of paper in your pocket at all times. On one: ‘I am a speck of dust,’ and on the other : ‘The world was created for me.’”