Anthropology: A New Scope
Self-assessment is higher than self-knowledge. Seldom do human beings attempt to assess themselves, and far fewer of them are able to do so. The reasons for its difficulty are:
1-Man should be aware of his own mental aspects and internal settings that affect his present and future.
2-He should know qualitatively and quantitatively about the power in him.
3-Know exactly what his relationship with the laws and principles that cause evolution and development is.
Self-assessment should not turn into absolute independence of character, for then it would become a sort of self-battle, leading to a war against others, too. By independence of character we mean that man may consider his own existence as being far superior to all values and morals. The only kind of independence that means is the independence of selfishness. Cultures can have great influence on how people assess themselves; some cultures totally ignore the issue of educating people how to assess themselves, which is absolutely essential – for even a short time.
Taking Oneself Seriously
When man takes himself seriously, he will neither deceive himself nor others. The following steps are necessary if man is to take himself seriously:
1-He should know himself thoroughly, correctly assessing his internal potentials.
2-Having done that, he will feel the desire for the highest aim of life.
3-Serious attention to the highest aim of life makes man understand that he cannot achieve it without activating his potentials and powers.
4-Once man realizes that he cannot take his existence as a joke, he cannot submit to the laws of nature or even other people. He is dependent upon God's will, and that should be taken seriously.
No force can penetrate into the human ego, for God has built it like a forbidden area into which only man himself can find way. If he does not break the sacred security of his territory and tries not to deceive himself, no other being can enter it.
Good Intentions for the Self
Man cannot be well-intentioned about himself unless a) realities of good intentions and perfections are presented to him, and b) the self itself becomes important to man, too.
If the self is not important to man, he will never attempt to discover what is useful or harmful to him. The two factors mentioned above account for why many human beings are not well-intentioned about their own selves.
There are many factors that lead to the self being considered as worthless, the most important of which is the activation of the self without any free endeavor. As we know, man feels his ego arise in him after childhood, without having done any attempt to acquire it. It is the lack of attempt to acquire the self that makes man feel no importance in it, and do no study on its characteristics.
Education is of great significance in self-discovery. Unfortunately, societies that neglect the role of religion and moral ethics in various aspects of human life, do not feel enough respect and value for the life of human beings so as to acknowledge its existence, and consider its education as important. If the "self" were of importance to man today, millions of human lives would not be at the peril of tyrants' whimsical desires and wishes.