Love your neighbor
Jesus said we should love our neighbor as we do ourselves. The problem is that many human beings do not love themselves. Did you know that boys abused by mothers, beaten by parents, prefer this treatment to be ignored? At least, they feel someone cares about them. But, when adults, they tend to give similar treatment to their children. That’s because they do not love themselves.
The boys see their parents as figures above good and evil, perfect people, demigods, and assigns the beatings they receive to their own problems. They think they are bad, even failing to understand the reason. They conclude that they cannot be loved, do not deserve to be loved. Consequently, they cannot love themselves
If this chain is not broken, it will be passed on from generation to generation, metaphorically similar to the sin of Adam and Eve by which all mankind is being punished.
To break this chain of abuse, a curse that passes from generation to generation, they need to learn to love themselves. The first step is self-awareness.
Already in the fifth century before Christ it was written at the entrance of Apollo Temple in Delphi was “Know Thyself.” Carl Jung also proposes that the ultimate goal of human life is to walk the journey of individuation that asks for the absorption by human consciousness of parts stored in the unconscious, exactly Apollo´s proposal.
I believe that our purpose in life is to be happy and that spirituality and Jungian psychology, my main areas of interest, can help us in this pursuit of happiness. Some of my books are: “The Little Prince for Grownups“, “The Jungian Bible “, “The Amazon Shaman” and “In Search of Happiness”.
Roberto Lima Netto