Monday, January 11, 2016

Quote of the Day

It is quite normal for us to owe a debt of gratitude to our parents and grandparents (or the people standing in for them), even if the treatment we experienced at their hands was sheer unadulterated torture.  This is an integral part of morality, as we understand it.  But it is a species of morality that consigns our genuine feelings and our own personal truth to an unmarked grave.  Severe illnesses, early death, and suicide are the logical consequence of subjection to the laws that we call morality, although in fact they suffocate our true lives.  This will continue to be the case, all over the world, as long as we show greater reverence to these laws than to life itself. 

-- Alice Miller, The Body Never Lies, p. 66

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