(Sequel to “Know Thyself X, XI”)
It is said that every virtuous act is inspired by a dark secret. The good we do drags behind it a shadow of dark motivation. When all the guilt and shame for the bad we’ve done have run their course, it’s the good we did that redeems us. Then, the secrets we kept and the motives we concealed creep up from their shadows to be dealt with within ourselves.
Thought-forms condition the personality in devious ways that cause suffering and abuse. In many cases the addiction and intensity are such that only extreme versions of itself can, eventually, bring respite. Therapy and chemicals barely assuage the darkness that clouds the conscious mind of the individual with weight and a sense of hopelessness. Every step forward is met with a reminder of what was lost; insight towards something constructive is missing. Unable to control itself, the person often chooses isolation, secret indulgence, or suicide as the only virtuous act possible. We all know what this feels like.
As we are able to switch from fear and a paranoid […]