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Friday, June 12, 2015

The Convoluted Coil of Pain

What kind of storm do you think claims the most spiritual casualties?
  • intellectual doubts
  • moral failures
  • relational conflict
  • personal crises
  • pain and suffering
(Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1337).

I have no doubt that human affairs is convoluted most by personal psychological pain – often inflicted intentionally or unintentionally during the years of maturation by an assortment of significant others.  The most problematic pain arises from perceived withheld affirmation in "the rag and bone shop of the heart" causing speculation and anxiety regarding the integral value of one's very personhood. Throughout one's life compensation can be sought to ameliorate this pain– but tragically  the damage has already been done and complete self acceptance and assurance is seldom satisfactorily achieved.  The coping mechanisms employed can extend from philanthropy to pedophilia.

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