Monday, February 15, 2016

Quote of the Day

There are indeed countless other people who have been through similar experiences, but the authors whose life traumas I have just discussed are world famous, so the truth of what I have to say about them can be verified by consulting their works and their biographies.  What they all have in common is their unswerving allegiance to the Fourth Commandment.  They all honored their parents throughout their lives, even though those parents did them immeasurable harm.  They sacrificed the desire for truth, self-loyalty, genuine communication, understanding, and appreciation on the altar of parental respect, all in the hope of being loved and not rejected.  The truth that found its way into their works was disassociated from themselves.  This was the burden imposed by the Fourth Commandment, and it kept them penned up in the prison of denial.

-- Alice Miller, The Body Never Lies, p. 79

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