Great Nathaniel Branden quote
If, in any culture, children are taught, ‘We are all equally unworthy in the sight of God’ -Source: gonesavage by way of Goosing the Antithesis.
If, in any culture, children are taught, ‘You are born in sin and are sinful by nature’ -
If children are given a message that amounts to ‘Don’t think, don’t question, believe’ -
If children are given a message that amounts to ‘Who are you to place your mind above that of the priest, the minister, the rabbi?’ -
If children are told, ‘If you have value it is not because of anything you have done or could ever do, it is only because God loves you’ -
If children are told, ‘Submission to what you cannot understand is the beginning of morality’ -
If children are instructed, ‘Do not be “willful”, self-assertiveness is the sin of pride’ -
If children are instructed, ‘Never think that you belong to yourself’ -
If children are informed, ‘In any clash between your judgement and that of your religious authorities, it is your authorities you must believe’, -
If children are informed, ‘Self-sacrifice is the foremost virtue and the noblest duty’ -
- then consider what will be the likely consequences for the practice of living consciously, or the practice of self-assertiveness, or any of the other pillars of healthy self-esteem.
[Nathaniel Branden, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem, Bantam (May 1, 1995) p 291-292]
gonesavage has a great blog, read about her great escape and here's an excerpt from another essay:
And if A & E [Adam & Eve] had no idea what Good and Evil were, how could they know that to eat from the Tree was Evil? How could they know that disobeying was Evil? If disobeying presupposes knowledge of Good and Evil, how could they know what disobeying was? Basically, what I’m seeing here is god planting a tree on purpose, telling two kids who don’t know what disobeying was to not disobey, then sentencing them to a life of pain (Genesis 3:16 and 3:17) when they disobeyed. This makes no sense. This makes god an asshole. If I had kids and treated them this way, I would be charged with abuse.Thanks, Francois and gonesavage!