#3: Worthiness

Worthiness | A Double Edge Sword

The term ‘worthiness’ originally was a spiritual idea. It referenced our relationship to God at a time when Christianity dominated the Western world.  In fact, ‘worthiness’ has only been in used as a noun since the 13th century. This is important because a noun describes a person, a place or a thing possessing physical properties. Unlike human emotions like sadness, anger or fear, we do not experience ‘worthiness’ as an innate emotion. Instead ‘worthiness’ is an intellectual concept.

Neuroscience teaches us that our brain is wired to construct reality by creating opposites (ie. light/dark, good/evil, busy/lazy).

By itself, worthiness is not a problem. However because the brain works automatically, it leads us to believe that  ‘unworthiness’ exists or is true.

We either all have the same ‘worthiness’ in which case the concept is universal and doesn’t distinguish one person from another.  Or if there is ‘unworthiness’, it is human nature to ‘fix it’ thus resulting in endless cycles of one-upmanship.

If we want sanity, we must radically do away with the term ‘worthiness’  thereby exiting the painful cycle.