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They must, essentially, reawaken some of what they were born with—the God-given, inexplicable, ultimately undefeatable capacity to move in the direction of their own, unique interests, abilities, beliefs and dreams.
This is why the image of Christ on the cross is such a powerful one—in my mind—for psychiatrists and psychologists to keep in mind.
Christ doesn’t give up his core self for anything.
He doesn’t surrender it even when he is in terrible pain on the cross, wondering if he is totally alone.
He doesn’t pretend that those who have hated him for his beliefs are his friends.
He doesn’t fool himself into thinking that they love him.
He doesn’t down three scotches because of the gathering storm that will take his life. He doesn’t eat himself into oblivion.
He doesn’t change his appearance at the plastic surgeon’s office in order to avoid his persecutors or reality.
He doesn’t inject himself with heroin to kill the pain in his hands.
He doesn’t Tweet nonsense about his daily routine to people who say they’ll follow him when they really won’t and never intended to, anyhow.
He doesn’t even let hatred for his oppressors, in the final moments of his life on earth, cloud his vision of who he is and why he has come here.