A new perspective Inspired by Eileen's comment Repost from 2009
by Albert 1

# 1. 9/21/13 10:18 PM by Tom Dey - Springwater, NY
Hi, Albert. I don't know if I commented back then; 2009 was busy for me and I infrequently visited WOTL. I was brought up Roman Catholic, where GUILT was divine obsession. Most "good" Catholics (especially clergy and parents) were masters at assigning guilt to others, far less often self, unless it served some auto-erotic masochism need - kinda like a hair shirt extending below the waist. That "Lord, I am not worthy" primal scream bull!*&!@. We kids either embraced or cast off the guilt from without. I sense I substantially rejected judgment of others, but indeed became my own harshest critic. That did lead to a lot of accomplishment and a peculiar brand of obsessive honesty. For example, I would never cheat - even if my life depended on it. Yet I noticed most "moral" friends had no qualms regarding cheating. And the "judge not" directive sure missed them. I attended U of Rochester so had many Jewish friends. They suffered a similar judgment/guilt struggle with seemingly similar results. I learned to like my imperfect self - maybe to a fault...or maybe that's just the stinking guilt thing creeping in again? One positive spin-off: I value honesty beyond any other virtue. My epitaph will hopefully read, "Here Lies (?) Tom Dey, An Honest A-hole."

Editor's Note: The Jewish tradition does seem to hold the top position for teaching guilt. Extending the all is one connected philosophy a dishonest prrson is then being so to the greater Self of which his lesser self is part of. Personally Inwas turned off to Catholic tradition in catachism class when the priest was unable to provide logical answers to my question. Since then I have discovered Merton with his Zen and Sufi style comprehension of Catholic sourced mysticism. The answers are there but I see few putting them into contemporary practice, Although I was blessed with a pdychotherapist who taught me some of the Course in Miracles philosophy I hesitate to recommend it. It worked for me partly due to an eclectic background of new age practices plus some ancient Hindu intellectual philosophy.

All this introduced me to the Course on Miracles introduction of ego in a unique fashion that for me has no equal.

Did you ever read my take on the Casey Anthony verdict. Sometimes the (sacrificial) goat gets away. Few caught on what I had implied about society, vengeance, judgement, and guilt, not getting what it expects is due it. Thanks for the coment Tom as I Am always interested how the high IQ folk express spirituality.

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