I thought that whenever I was suffering and struggling, it was because I had done something wrong. Psychologically this perspective is literal, shallow, and basically in error. It is an error because the simplistic ideas of ‘do right, feel good; do wrong, get punished’ do not fit either the complexities of our personalities or the world we live in. And the cause-and-effect model of living, even if you accept it, cannot be so simply reduced. Nevertheless, we have developed a culture around this error, along with the false assumption that living in the real world is a punishment instead of a sacrament.


Comments are closed.