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Bodhi Bit--The Shadow

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By Grant Lawrence


"We are not hypocrites in our sleep"

William Hazlitt quotes (British Writer, 1778-1830)

One of those things that really annoys me are those in politics and religion that profess morality, condemn those they consider immoral, and then do that which they condemn.

But being human is being a hypocrite.

Nearly all of us have values and those that claim they have no values have the value of being valueless. Try as I might, I often find myself not living up to the high minded values that I proclaim.

Does that make those values any less meaningful?

No, it just means that there is no such thing as perfection, especially where morality is concerned. Morality is a capricious fiance, we want to marry her but we can never live with her. Moralists must live in the hell of their own condemnations.

But does that mean that we forsake morality?

No, it just means that we must temper our morality with something even greater.

From my experience in working with myself and others, I often find the greatest condemnation is reserved for ourselves. Sure we easily condemn others for their failings. But we secretly hold onto our own failings with great pride as we harshly condemn ourselves for not being the perfect person we believe that we should be.

That egoistic pride is what keeps us in a hellish cycle of loudly condemning others for their weaknesses while we secretly condemn ourselves, most often unconsciously, for our own failings.

Judgments unfortunately have to be made. But the judgments we have for ourselves and others should be tempered with compassion.

Love includes morality but goes beyond it. Sure humanity needs standards of behavior and codified laws and there should be social stigmas and possibly punishments attached to the breaking of those standards and laws.

But in our dealings with ourselves and others we have to have an understanding of what influential Swiss Psychiatrist Carl Jung called the Shadow. Jung writes,"Everyone carries a shadow and the less it is embodied in the individual's conscious life, the blacker and denser it is."

The Shadow is the dark, often irrational, force that exists in all of us. The Shadow in us is very black indeed. It is the monster of anger, hate, rage, greed, jealously, crude desires, and shallow weaknesses and shortcomings. It lurks behind a persona of the specialness and wonderfulness that we have created for ourselves.

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I work as a school counselor and mental health counselor in Gallup New Mexico.
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figure out Light & Darkness, Grant?  Trying t... by shadow dancer on Wednesday, Jul 22, 2009 at 2:19:13 AM
Everything on this earth is effected by the Milita... by Grant Lawrence on Wednesday, Jul 22, 2009 at 2:47:18 AM
I wonder why a "wise and holier-than-thou" critic¬... by Guy Dwyer on Wednesday, Jul 22, 2009 at 9:27:21 PM
Guy,First we all have our hypocrisy and contradict... by Grant Lawrence on Wednesday, Jul 22, 2009 at 9:45:32 PM
I should tell you that my criticism of Shadow Danc... by Guy Dwyer on Thursday, Jul 23, 2009 at 11:09:47 AM
Judging others is something we all do, you're righ... by Nana P. on Wednesday, Jul 22, 2009 at 9:26:03 AM
You know, that statement reminds me of Albert Schw... by Grant Lawrence on Wednesday, Jul 22, 2009 at 6:07:29 PM
That made me actually laugh out loud! Ah, yes! I... by Nana P. on Wednesday, Jul 22, 2009 at 7:08:45 PM
have to be that way, Grant, but it is that way &am... by shadow dancer on Wednesday, Jul 22, 2009 at 4:14:24 PM
Once again the hypocrite claims he does not hate t... by Guy Dwyer on Wednesday, Jul 22, 2009 at 9:51:21 PM
about the destruction of the earth, Guy, I am not.... by shadow dancer on Thursday, Jul 23, 2009 at 3:39:18 AM
Shadow, if you really have "zero interest in this ... by Guy Dwyer on Thursday, Jul 23, 2009 at 11:30:28 AM
you want, Grant, & Guy, some written guarantee... by shadow dancer on Thursday, Jul 23, 2009 at 6:21:28 AM
Shadow, you ask if I "think at all," and you ask i... by Guy Dwyer on Thursday, Jul 23, 2009 at 12:05:58 PM
Excellent response, Guy.... by Ruth on Thursday, Jul 23, 2009 at 12:15:05 PM
I would add that David J. Nunson sings Songs of Li... by Sarah Morgan on Thursday, Jul 23, 2009 at 1:23:03 PM
Shadow Dancer reminds me of the members of many di... by Sarah Morgan on Thursday, Jul 23, 2009 at 3:28:15 PM
I do believe that the realization of the Kingdom (... by Grant Lawrence on Thursday, Jul 23, 2009 at 3:33:22 PM
I agree with Joseph J. Adamson, who agrees with Th... by Guy Dwyer on Thursday, Jul 23, 2009 at 7:24:02 PM