I think this is the misunderstanding that most "followers" have.<quoted text>
I'm not being arrogant at all.
Are you implying that it is wrong for someone to "know" themselves?
That is the first step to understanding and weighing one's faults and attributes. Without doing that, one can not properly or positively relate to one's environment.
Where have I claimed to be any better than you or anyone else?
How do you know what I know about myself or any other subject? You don't! Don't pretend you do...it is a dishonest tactic.
Are you subverting the discussion to the degradation of name calling?
They can't be truly honest with themselves - at all levels - in order to see the faults they do have. Thus they are unable to obtain a "clear conscious" in order to help others, show love freely, and express kindness.
An individual can know themselves, and after achieving this step - they can understand their surroundings much better.
This I do agree with. Acquiring this step - a lifelong journey, but one does see the strides they make in a variety of successes, especially when they overcome the personal obstacles they have uncovered.