What bothers me is the possibility that egoism could be an intrinsic trait of existence in general.
So we have gravity whereby masses pull each other towards themselves.
An objection could be that this is just a neutral physical law, a structural feature of life evolving on this planet, devoid of any notion of "evil".
But is it, really?
We could analogously label as "beneficial" all scholarly pursuits and creative endeavors in art, science and philosophy.
But what bothers me is the conception of trained, skillful drivers masterfully driving their vehicles off some cliff or to some similar dead end.
So is the old problem of "the fall of man" meaningful for some branch of modern philosophy or is it universally silenced as insufficiently well-defined?

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    Same charges repel each other, whereas different charges attract each other - what makes you think you can apply this "physical law" to existence in general, especially when there are other physical laws you completely fail to take into consideration?
    – Luatic
    May 13, 2022 at 16:46
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    @Just Some Old Man -- in the context of the history of physics, it is well-known that after Newton's breakthrough the words "gravity" and "universal gravitation" became synonymous.
    – exp8j
    May 14, 2022 at 6:05
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    Of course you're free to make such comparative analogies and believe their common metaphysical link. However, it's equally possible there's another kind of analogies since now in cosmology we know dark energy is the most powerful hidden propulsion of this universe and still keeps its expansion. Then the opposite metaphysical link can be argued for... May 14, 2022 at 17:37
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    @Double Knot -- confessing egoism at least feels good... it could also be a source of ..anti-gravity!:)
    – exp8j
    May 14, 2022 at 20:03
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    Sounds on the right track... Confessing egoism is itself a metaphysical core of the old famous Eastern Confucianism school of philosophy, they advocated confessing at least 3 times every day... May 14, 2022 at 20:07

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Gravity has nothing whatsoever to do with a philosophical treatment of the condition of humanity. Anyone searching for such a connection is digging a dry well.

  • But we are born, live and die within a gravity field! How can this have nothing to do with the condition of humanity? I think that poetic analogies do have philosophical value even in our era of quantitative science. Like Dante's well-known 'Love that moves the sun and the other stars'.
    – exp8j
    May 13, 2022 at 18:22
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    those analogies might have poetic value but they have no value at all within the scope of physics. Can you write down the equation describing exactly how much love is needed to move a star of a given size? May 13, 2022 at 18:36
  • 'no value at all within the scope of physics'. Agreed. But how about value within the scope of philosophy?
    – exp8j
    May 13, 2022 at 18:41

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