Adumbra, why do you think you are so cool?
I've asked myself that same question and have never been able to come to a satisfactory answer until very recently. There are certainly many people throughout history who have done much cooler things than me. But then it hit me: THAT is what makes me so cool: that I don't need a reason to validate my claim to coolness
. Nothing I could do, not even taking over the world, could ever make me feel more badass and awesome than I already do. Taking over the world would certainly convince OTHERS of my greatness, but it would have no effect my own self-appraisal since I already knew all along that I had it in me.
What I'm getting at is that true, all-consuming megalomania needs no justification. Genuine self-love is a priori, like an axiom it is self-evident to the one who feels it and requires no proof to sustain it. So called narcissism, as defined by the DSM, is a misnomer. No one who was truly convinced of their own greatness would routinely put down others in order to boost their own self-confidence.
I am awesome, not because of anything I've DONE, but simply because I AM. This is circular reasoning, but that's only because my conviction isn't based on reason, but feeling. Self-love is a feeling, not a logical syllogism or hypothesis which requires evidence to support it. It is the effort to prove
to oneself and others that one is cool and in control which produces much of the misery on this planet. From the insanity of our evil Rothschild engineered banking system to the Nazi holocaust: it all boils down to proving I am better than the stupid masses/jews/capitalist pigs by grinding their faces into the ground with my shiny, well polished black boot and laughing at their pain.
To make a wish that you become able to help all beings throughout space, you need a strong self; with a weak self such an intervention is impossible. This kind of desire is reasonable and is not attachment.
That is a very surprising quote coming from the Dalai Lama. I agree.