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Sunday Firesides: Resist the Reverse the Michelangelo Effect

The “Michelangelo Effect” is a psychological term that describes the ability of an individual to bring out the best in their partner. People can help their partners become their ideal selves by affirming and enhancing their potential and encouraging the development of traits and skills that are necessary to achieve it.

The phenomenon was named after the way Michelangelo is said to have described his sculpting method: that he carved the block of stone, until the angel he saw inside it emerged.

The Michelangelo Effect is not only observed in intimate relationships but also with cultural influences. The effect is also likely to work in reverse, bringing out our worst traits.

Philosophers and theologians marvel at the divergent abilities of humans — their ability to be near the worms as well as close to the Gods.

Humans have been reminded for ages of this latter latency as only the finest writings, music, and art — which are evidence of our highest creative, intelligent potential — make it to the public.

Today, technology allows, and incentivizes, the broadcast of our basest traits — first-thing-that-came-into-my-head opinions, unexamined hot takes, look-at-me! spectacles.

The technology has put us in a 360-degree reflection of our human nature. All we can see is a reptilian likeness.

These representations sculpt us away from lofty, heroic ideals and towards the lowest-common-denominator versions of ourselves.

We are not only influenced by our own actions, but also those of others. We must resist forces that are working against us and surround ourselves with people, images and ideas that will liberate the True Beautiful and Good in us.

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