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On 27 February 1944, as Europe writhed in the anguished grasp of darkness and chaos, far from the violence in Birdlip in the Cotswold District of Gloucestershire in England, a sixty-year-old medical doctor and student of C.G. Jung, was meeting weekly with a small group of students. His teachings were eventually published as the six volumes of The Psychological Commentaries by Maurice Nicoll.

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According to a recent Pew Research survey, the majority of people living in the United States of America view themselves as “losers.”

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I love the country in which I am privileged to live.

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It is terribly written, almost unreadable, and was published nearly 90 years ago. At close to 700 pages it is one of the most boring but famous books of the 20th century. Recently, it “has become an online hit, flying off the virtual shelves of iTunes and Amazon.com.”

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It is a charmingly ordinary picture taken in front of their home. A lovely young family: Mother, Father, and their two daughters aged six and three.

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Some challenging thoughts “from brokenstones”:

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Historians are story-tellers. Telling stories about events that took place in the past always involves interpretation. A single event may be recounted in a variety of ways.

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Dilip D’Souza’s wife teaches French to grade 10 students in a private school in Mumbai, India.

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I have been told it is not good form to reply to a blog comment with a post of its own. I have also been told that blog posts over a thousand words are ill-advised. But, there are times when it seems necessary to abandon all blog etiquette. What follows is a vastly over-long response to a comment on yesterday’s “The Problem With Religion.”

Chris,

I understand that your comment on “The Problem With Religion” is not a purely dispassionate, intellectual argument. The issues you raise are deeply important and I know your struggle is heartfelt. This struggle has profound implications for how we live out our faith and should not be taken lightly. But I want to try to respond simply to the idea you put forth, leaving aside for another forum the important and legitimate feelings behind your thoughts.

It seems to me that, if we are to survive in any institution, we are always going to be caught performing a delicate balancing act. We will always face a fundamental question – do the benefits I receive from participating in this institution, and the contribution I can make by my participation in this institution, outweigh the failures I perceive in this institution’s processes?
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