Unstable Lifestyle Essay

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In The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Book of Mark, both written by unknown authors, Gilgamesh and Jesus are similarly unstable throughout all aspects of their lives. Gilgamesh and Jesus share the similar personality trait of arrogance. They are very full of themselves and their actions reflect this. A second similarity is Gilgamesh and Jesus face a lot of problems with impulse control. A third similarity of unstableness is Gilgamesh and Jesus are always in need of a companion to help boost their egos. Gilgamesh and Jesus share the many traits of an unstable person.

Gilgamesh and Jesus share the same personality trait of being arrogant because they are both constantly in need of an ego-boost. In The Book of Mark James and John, the sons of the Zebedee ask Jesus if they can sit to the left and right of his hand. Jesus arrogantly replied “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”. In other words Jesus is telling James and John that they will always be ranked under him. Jesus’s disciples have boosted Jesus’s ego so much that he truly believes no one is more superior than him. In The Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh is arrogant when he decides he is going to kill Humbaba for the sole purpose of making a name for himself. When Gilgamesh proposes the idea of going to hunt down Humbaba his elders disagree by telling Gilgamesh “You are young, Gilgamesh, your feelings carry you away/ you are ignorant of what you speak, flightiness has taken you/You do not know what you are attempting.” (II. 259-61). Gilgamesh chooses not to listen to his elders when they know what is best for him. They know the real reason Gilgamesh wants to kill Humbaba is because he wants to be superior and to reassure that know one is “better” than him. Gilgamesh is so full of himself that he is blinded by the advice of his elders. Gilgamesh proves to be unstable because a stable person would take or at least consider the advice of people they respect. Jesus demonstrates the qualities of an unstable person because he has such a big ego that he does not know when to take a step back from being arrogant.

An additional similarity of Gilgamesh and Jesus being unstable is they have no impulse control. In The Book of Mark, Jesus kills a fig tree, and puts a curse on the fig tree by saying “May no one ever eat fruit from you again,” (Mark 11:14). This is acting with no impulse because Jesus doesn’t realize what effect killing a cursing a fig tree could have on people. The fig tree is a source of food, and does more good for society than bad. He uses his powers for bad when killing the fig tree when he could have used them for good. For instance, Jesus could have used his powers to make it so that the fig tree is always growing fruit year-round, so that there...

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