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    Yeah, angels. I think we might be angels. Hee.

    Damn! It's a tough life for angels flying too close to the ground.

    Auntie Anja gives CC a motherly hug and says, "Go back out there, Girl."
    "No ray of sunshine is ever lost, but the green which it awakes into existence needs time to sprout, and it is not always granted to the sower to see the harvest. All work that is worth anything is done in faith." - Albert Schweitzer

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    i am bored to tears!!! i cannot wait to move back home!!!
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    I feel like shit cause I really havn't been as kind a person as I want to be/have been in the past for a while now.

    Strange that what would be therapuetic right now would be healing someone else

    I'm rooting for you, CC, I always am.

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    Where is home Erina??

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    Quote Originally Posted by GZA View Post
    I feel like shit cause I really havn't been as kind a person as I want to be/have been in the past for a while now.
    Being kind is overrated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heart View Post
    Most people can't think critically, these links explain why!

    The Century of the Self - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    I had to read "The Triumph of the Therapeutic: Uses of Faith After Freud" (by Philip Rieff) for my Philosophy of History & Culture class. I'm so surprised that no psychology class I have taken has gone over this concept; of course it could be because psychologists are probably reluctant to admit that their moral neutrality is questionable.

    The reason we had to read this for a philosophy class on culture was because of how it is destroying the foundations of culture. Though culture is an extremely hard concept to define, there is general consensus that it is the one thing that unifies the people of a population. This "Century of Self" (or what Rieff calls "the psychological man") puts a gap between us and others because we are now encouraged to not be "repressed" by culture, religion, or society. For example: A man who wishes to have sex with donkeys believes that he should be able to, and he desires not to be "repressed" by those who believe he shouldn't.

    I did not read the entire book but only the sections that were assigned, so I would blame my own failure at conveying a proper summary before dismissing the theory altogether. I just thought the argument was interesting.
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    The Century of Self was more about how Frued's ideas and psychological knowldege are used to maniulate and drive public opinion and individual thoughts.

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    Aw, wedekit. I think it's just that, with all this prosperity, we have become a very self-centered, me-first culture.

    And the idea of "personal rights" has followed right along.

    (And how does the donkey feel about all this?)
    "No ray of sunshine is ever lost, but the green which it awakes into existence needs time to sprout, and it is not always granted to the sower to see the harvest. All work that is worth anything is done in faith." - Albert Schweitzer

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    Quote Originally Posted by wedekit View Post
    I had to read "The Triumph of the Therapeutic: Uses of Faith After Freud" (by Philip Rieff) for my Philosophy of History & Culture class. I'm so surprised that no psychology class I have taken has gone over this concept; of course it could be because psychologists are probably reluctant to admit that their moral neutrality is questionable.

    The reason we had to read this for a philosophy class on culture was because of how it is destroying the foundations of culture. Though culture is an extremely hard concept to define, there is general consensus that it is the one thing that unifies the people of a population. This "Century of Self" (or what Rieff calls "the psychological man") puts a gap between us and others because we are now encouraged to not be "repressed" by culture, religion, or society. For example: A man who wishes to have sex with donkeys believes that he should be able to, and he desires not to be "repressed" by those who believe he shouldn't.

    I did not read the entire book but only the sections that were assigned, so I would blame my own failure at conveying a proper summary before dismissing the theory altogether. I just thought the argument was interesting.
    Haven't read this particular book, but another that deals with this issue to a great extent is Christopher Lasch's The Culture of Narcissism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anja View Post
    Aw, wedekit. I think it's just that, with all this prosperity, we have become a very self-centered, me-first culture.

    And the idea of "personal rights" has followed right along.

    (And how does the donkey feel about all this?)
    It's odd how in most other cultures your family is your foundation and comes first. In my experience, it's more common for Americans to be willing to abandon their families in order to be who they want to be, or do what they want to do. I admit to having this kind of mindset during some parts of my life.

    I also think that the American idea of freedom has transformed from its original meaning. I see the American revolution being based on a "freedom from..." Now people use it as a "freedom to..."

    And YEAH! Poor donkeys! =(

    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    Haven't read this particular book, but another that deals with this issue to a great extent is Christopher Lasch's The Culture of Narcissism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Thanks for the link. Interesting stuff.
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