Thursday, September 26, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
Now depression can often be seen as a narcissistic problem; you know a problem of self esteem. The standard mythological portrayal of Narcissus is of a young good looking man looking at his reflection in a lake in ancient times. One might speculate he is having trouble holding a positive view of himself internally. The 'anti-psychotic medication' helps pull the feeling of 'I am beautiful' back into the person. So an adolescent who is both angry that others aren't affirming him sufficiently and depressed that he can't see himself as beautiful might be able to pull his self regard back and not have the depression or anger. And it may be that the fact that bipolar spectrum disorder responds in adolescence much more favorably to anti-psychotic drugs than to other drugs used for bipolar in adults may indicate that the disorder at that developmental age is more basically a narcissistic problem.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Brethren (brothers and sisters), let us acknowledge our sins, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries. I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our GodIn the Jewish Prayers of the Day of Atonement, the Jews admit to sins and are forgiven by Adonai. Now the Mass talks loud in a polemical way at times, most notably in the Nicene Creed, but this struck me as a soft request for the Jewish mother Mary to do what you would expect her to do, to accept us and perhaps even his faults if he has them, and the subsequent beliefs may be part of that, to be loved, even in fault, and made whole by Adonai.
Sunday, September 01, 2013
The idea was to reduce ugliness in the world by reducing ugliness in yourself. King argued that “unearned suffering is redemptive.” It would uplift people involved in this kind of action. It would impose self-restraint. The strategy of renunciation and the absorbing of suffering was meant to guard against all that. In short, the method relied upon a very sophisticated set of paradoxes. It relied on leaders who had done a lot of deep theological and theoretical work before they took up the cause of public action. Nonviolent protest, King summarized, “rests upon two pillars. One, resistance, continuous military resistance. Second, it projects good will against ill will. In this way nonviolent resistance is a force against apathy in our own ranks.With the death of King, the things his theological undertaking was meant to guard against developed. Again in David Brooks words:
The leaders understood that even people in the middle of just causes can be corrupted. They can become self-righteous, knowing their cause is right. They can become smug as they move forward, cruel as they organize into groups, simplistic as they rely on propaganda to mobilize the masses.King's dream was no longer; a nightmare began. *http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/27/opinion/brooks-the-ideas-behind-the-march.html?ref=davidbrooks&_r=0