Commentary by Austin B. Hahn
While I do believe that human variation such as culture, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, and other attributes help us to identify one from another, (imagine trying to file your taxes, but there was no way to verify your identity), I do agree that when we use them to segregate ourselves, they become weapons.
“Those who truly love us do not care what others think of us at all. Instead, they will defend us from the depredations of approval, and fight for our obligation to be our truest selves.”
“[How is it possible] to think highly of people who repeatedly deny their own needs as a means of buying approval?”
—Looking Out, Looking in by Ronald B. Adler and Russell F. Proctor II
“Apathy is the most insidious of evil.”
“Health is an inner resiliency that allows you to meet the demands of life. Being in a state of health helps you thrive in the face of environmental, physical, emotional, and mental stress.”
–Acupuncture Media Works
By Austin B. Hahn
Health is more than just being physically fit, eating a balanced diet, and getting seven to eight hours of sleep. It’s maintaining an inner peace that enables us to deal with crisis.
“Our thoughts affect our ability to make recognizable achievements in the world at large.”
“We’ve all run into the experience of falling in love with oneself through the other, or being in love with being in love. The other is used as a kind of stand-in for the self because the other, at least temporarily, is more acceptable to the ego (which A Course in Miracles, by the way, defines as an identity complex constructed essentially of self-hatred). The love that could be felt toward oneself is projected onto another person. This works well enough until the misgivings and hatred we feel toward ourselves become projected onto another person.”
“We have as many selves as there are of those who carry an image of us in their memory.”
–William James (paraphrased by a professor who will remain unlisted.)