We wholly overlook the essential fact that the achievements which society rewards
are won at the cost of diminution of personality. (C. Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul)
I agree, we totally overlooked that. We also may expand this claim that people without personality are overachievers per se. But for the same reason they can’t be rewarded any further, so most of them must remain under the radar of public accolade. And, furthermore, when society imposes a punishment, and that can be viewed as a negative reward, the personality of a rewarded becomes notably enhanced commensurate to the time to be served and custody level.
For its every reward the society takes a bite off your soul.
And this is an absolute truth. The more you get out of this World, the darker is the glow around your capo. What did you think?
“Sell all that you have, give money to the poor and follow me!” remember that invitation? Did the young man take it? We don’t know. All that we know is that he got very sad and walked away in silence.
The way is difficult and the gate is narrow.
Yet, there is an antidote for every bite, as Thomas Merton had said:
The life of the soul is not knowledge, it is love, since love is the act of supreme faculty, the will, by which man is formally united to the final end of all strivings – by which man becomes one with God.
If you want to read more, see THE LAW OF ATTAINMENT.
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