Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Guilt within

Though we have abandoned the ancient categories, we still have a profound, inescapable sense that if we were examined we'd be rejected. We have a deep sense that we've got to hide our true self or at least control what people know about us. Secretly we feel that we aren't acceptable, that we have to prove to ourselves and other people that we're worthy, loveable, valuable...
...You may psychologize it: I have a complex, my parents didn't love me enough. I'm a victim, I have self-esteem issues. But there's no escaping the fact that we all have a sense we're unclean. 

[p73-74 King's Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus]

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