This universe is sustained by dichotomous principles. Good and evil; Right and wrong. Darkness and brightness: Up and down. Sadness and happiness: Positive and negative; Ad infinitum. When aware of the dichotomous reality of existence, handling life becomes easy. This is how electricians handle electricity without getting injured.
The paradigm of failure is associated with introversion, rather than extroversion, premised on benefiting others. Any person can catalogue a list of causes of failure that point to one conclusion: inward-looking or introversion.
When a marathon runner reflects on himself or thinks about issues affecting his life, he loses the steam and drops out of the competition. There is an element of truth, though, in that a person gets discouraged by other people.
However, the discouragements, coming from outsiders, reflect on the consideration of self-beneficiation. Any course of action, according to the consideration of self-benefits, leads to failure.
Winners are celebrated by others, more than self-celebration. The national championship winner is celebrated by supporters more than himself. The celebrated winner ceases to represent himself when having brought glory to the entire nation. His failure comes at the point of considering his welfare, more than considering the needs of his/her supporters.
From that time on, Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me (Matthew 16:21-24 NIV).
As fully aware of the trappings of humanity, Jesus avoided Satan’s ambush, presented through Peter. The consideration of Peter’s apparent concern would have drawn Jesus into introversion. Self-defence is commonly considered to be a survival instinct. But, if humanity is stuck in a maze of confusion, self-defence should be regarded as the only cause.
Peter’s behaviour reflected a worldly pattern, prompting Jesus’ rebuke. Peter was a stumbling block, rather than a helpful compatriot to Jesus who had just articulated the inevitable occurrence affecting His life. This development had something to do with the redemption of humanity.
Peter’s desire to save Jesus was satanic, as appealing to introversion. Jesus’ avoidance of the cross would have been synonymous with Satan. In other words, God’s way of life is about giving; whereas, receiving, as influenced by Satan, suggests introversion.
The problems of introversion include the desire for being appreciated, after helping another person. The idea of exercising kindly acts, in anticipation of reciprocation, projects introversion whose result is death.