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Posted by Hank ( on September 20, 2003 at 05:39:23:

first of all I dont mean to as sound mean cynical when I wright but when your on the internet I feel the need to exploit the privliage of being faceless and relatively anoyomous. So here are my two great manifesto's (and like all manifesto's I feel they should be argued so please feel free to offer retort no matter how acrimonious they may get)
- ARe myths and dogmas about afterlife rooted in our subconscious fear of death. DO all people amuse themselves by believing in some great hearafter. Are we that terrified by the idea of disappearing one day. that we need these illusions to function while we are still alive. Does the sould exist?

-(this isnt the second thesis but rather a preamble-Man is inheriently flawed and thus all he creates are flawed in some way.

So then what are the flaws witht the ennegram? Well the ennegram (or at least the Riso Hudson version)show inconsistancy in the levels of health. Why is there conviently nine levels of health? Why is being a 5 level of health worse than a 2? Isnt heirarchy something the ennegram tries to avoid. According to the system I am two level health and therefore inferior(?) to that of a three. All of the fives that are mentally healthier than I am have been these compliant book worms that abdicate form experiencing many things for more sedentary prusuits. Emerson said in his speach "The American Scholar that valetudinarianism should be avoided and things need to be experienced first hand" Emerson was a five however does that mean that That me and Ralphy are more mentaly unhealthy becasue we have a greater zeal to experiment first hand rather than reading about? I believe a mentally healthy fives choice to abdicate for certain experiences skews there interptratation of the world. Is six who is a paragon of mental health (becasue he has never been confronted with a real problem) a better person than a six that is a two level of health because his sister molested him as a child? i just dont think the system currently accepted is intricate enough to forfill something as complex as the individual human mind. What is more while I do feel there is some validity behind integration and disintergration. I have seen unhealthy sixes act like nines when in Theroy they should be acting like threes. and fours that act like one and then act like a two almost simontaneously.I still think the ennegram is the most complete,& concise work we have on personilties but maybe its too concise. Anyways thats my gripe.

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