Town Square, Hoorn
It constitutes the introductory talk to the paper that I submitted, and is published with the kind permission of the conference organizers. Those interested in reading the entire paper can obtain it as part of the conference transcript.
Every man or woman views suffering through the lens of their own agency; and perhaps this is where we go wrong, already, up front. We simply don’t believe we are nothing; and to the ego, the idea that others ought to be considered before we gratify our own lusts and urges is—to put it bluntly—absurd. We can trust the devil in us—and what we can trust most is that he always wants our own satisfaction to come first.