Originally posted by Thequ1ck
Does it sound less narcissistic if I take God out of the picture?
"All other things have a limited and fixed nature prescribed and bounded by our laws. We, with no limit or no bound, may choose for ourselves the limits and bounds of our nature. We are placed at the world's center so that we may survey everything else in the world. We are made neither of ...[text shortened]... er, contained in our intellect and judgment, to be reborn into the higher forms, the divine."
I disagree with every single sentence of your post, whether you include god or not.
All other things have a limited and fixed nature? What does that mean, and who says so?
We are with no limit or no bound? Nonsense. We have very definite limitations which are not chosen by us.
We were not placed at the world's center. That is a purely subjective and unwarranted point of view.
We are made entirely of earthly stuff. We are entirely mortal. It is open to debate as to whether we have free choice. We have a limited ability to fashion ourselves into whatever form we choose.
Other life forms (including "beasts" ) are not necessarily "lower" life forms. That is a purely subjective appraisal.
There is no such thing as the "divine", except as an abstract concept. I agree with scottishinnz that it is purely narcissistic to imagine you could attain such a state.