Hey guys, I don’t know if this will make sense, but awhile back I had a thought. Each man can be broken down into three categories; the beast, the priest, and the intellectual. The beast is all of our wants, our carnal desires, but also our instincts and our emotions. The priest is our spirituality or beliefs, it is our moral compass. The intellectual is the thing which drives men to learn and become more than they are. When you suppress one, another becomes dominant, i.e. suppress the beast -> the priest becomes dominant, suppress the priest -> the intellectual becomes dominant, suppress the intellectual -> the beast becomes dominant. Only by utilizing all three aspects can a person be in harmony with one’s self.
I’m not sure if this has been thought of before, or if there has been something like it floating around, but I’d like your all’s take on it.
-Humbly yours, A Man out of Time-
Have you looked at Plato’s spirit, appetite, and reason? There are some interesting similarities there that you would enjoy. Your intellectual corresponds well with plato’s reason and your beast corresponds well with his appetite. Spirit and the priest are an interesting comparison, because here you two differ significantly. You and Plato also come to two different conclusions. His is that reason, or the intellectual, must guide the person, whereas you conclude that all three must be in harmony. I believe that you are closer to the truth, and that the answer to this question is of the utmost importance to human happiness.
I like your idea, I can see it’s very original. I believe this is the same or similar thought as the relationship between your body/mind/spirit(or higher self or consciousness). The needs of your body come first, then the needs of your mind come, then the needs of your spirit. however if you continuously feed your body your mind and spirit will be suppressed, if the needs of you body are met but your mind is now being continuously fed your spirit will be suppressed. However when you feed the needs of your body and mind you can then feed your spirit. I don’t remember in much more detail how this relationship interacts but i can tell you reading the book Conversation With God by Neil Donald Walsch illustrates this relationship and many other things absolutely beautifully and simply. give it a thought for it would give you great understanding of this thought you’ve created.