The False Self – A Brief Reflection With Thomas Merton


We all do it.
We all hide some significant part of ourselves from strangers, from friends, and even from those with whom we share our lives. But sometimes, it feels as if we are hiding everything from everyone, doesn’t it?
At its root, it’s a natural, ingrained, and even a healthy instinct. Constantly feeling exposed, vulnerable, or weak could easily transform everyday life into an unbearable and unpredictable battle. Our weaknesses – our sins, if you will – would too publicly and too often condemn and paralyze us

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