Commanded to Love
Some reflections on the the crucial role emotion can play in keeping us stuck in abuse — and in recovery and immunisation.
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‘feel crime’ — the crime of feeling an emotion that displeases the dictator
or not feeling an emotion that pleases the dictator
Act 1: the disastrous artist 0:28
Act 2: the emotional landscape 6:58
Act 3: commanded to love a tyrant 12:26
Act 4: quitting the show 28:08
Horney, K. (1937) The neurotic personality of our time. Routledge, Oxfordshire.
Teresa, Mother (1997) In the heart of the world: thoughts, stories and prayers. New World Library, California.
Hitchens, Christopher (1995) The missionary position: Mother Teresa in theory and practice. Verso, London
—Numbers 31: Divinely commanded male infanticide and sexual enslavement of the Midianites
—Psalm 137: Divinely commanded infanticide of the Babylonians
—Judges 19-21: Divinely commanded tribal war; pacifism of the people of Jabesh Gilead punished by murder, infanticide and sexual enslavement
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