Two leading doctors from the World Council of General Practitioners (WCGP) met in an emergency session. “Dr Trubeacon, egomania is running rampant throughout the world. It attacks literally anyone, literally anytime, literally anywhere. It’s an epidemic,” Dr. Fellinarut said.
“My assumption,” responded Dr. Truebeacon, “is it’s the ‘I-in-the-psyche syndrome.’ This infection feeds on overdoses of I-ism’s, such as I am, I did, I want. Ego-immune protections break down when people believe more than the suggested daily dosage of I-isms.
“When infected, a person blurts out hallucinatory statements of self-importance. As the infection spreads it invades belief systems, where an illusion of self-importance becomes reality.”
“Ya,” said Dr. Fellinarut. “Then the WCGP enters the picture. Using world government grants, we provide these overwhelmed souls free counseling and disability checks. That way they don’t need to work during their personal turmoil.”
“Whoa, Dr. Fellinarut, I know a method that attacks egomania without using tax dollars,” Dr. Trubeacon said.
“That’s baloney,” said Dr Fellinarut. “Government is the know all, provide all, save all system that helps common people. Government curtails egomania.”
“Dr. Fellinarut, have you ever gazed at the sky and realized how small you are next to its majesty, its depth, its enormity?”
The Doctor nodded.
“Do you believe in God?”
“Never gave it much thought, “said Dr, Fellinarut. I think, though, there’s some kind of extraterrestrial force.”
“Fine, we disagree about God, but I’d still like to tell you about a person in the Bible named Job.
“The stage is yours,” said Dr. Fellinarut.”
“Thank you, Doctor. For time’s sake I’m going condense the message. If you want, we can discuss the entire account later.
“Job was wealthy and worshiped God, but he lost almost all he owned, plus part of his family, in a series of disasters. Then, a rash of boils covered his body. He was mentally and physically tormented.
“For a while he accepted his situation, but when he didn’t improve he complained to God about how he didn’t deserve this treatment.
“After listening to his rant, God confronted Job. He asked him where he gained the knowledge to question God. To prove His point He asked Job questions. They were questions that only the creator of the universe could answer.
“For example, He asked Job where he was when God laid the foundations of the earth. Where was Job when God gave the sea boundaries? Where was Job when light and darkness became day and night? Where was Job when God set climate controls?
“God asked if Job knew when a deer gave birth and where she laid her babies. He asked Job what made the horse mighty and the ostrich a negligent mother.
“Job had no answers; he realized, though, his insignificance next to an eternal and all-knowing God.
“You see, Dr. Fellinarut, egomaniacs attempt to live independently of God. They glorify themselves and their institutions and take glory from where it belongs, in God.
“Using Job as an example, God gave mankind the vaccine for self-glorifying plagues like egomania; it’s His sovereignty. Mankind is like grass, here today and gone tomorrow but doesn’t know the exact tomorrow the mower is coming. Putting faith in what does not have ultimate authority doesn’t beget success.”
“Interesting, said Dr. Fellinarut. If you would, please, I’d like to learn more about Job and his encounter with God.”
“Roll up your sleeve, Doctor; it’s time for your vaccination.”