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Carol S. Pearson

  • The universe evolves by our all becoming increasingly more ourselves and more willing to take responsibility for the world we are creating together.

  • Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves.

  • It is critical for both more privileged and relatively more oppressed groups to listen to each other's pain without playing the who-is-more-oppressed game. We see the same thing done in families or between couples who argue about who has suffered more. Presumably, the person who has suffered less is supposed to give in to the greater sufferer's demands. If this is allowed, suffering is encouraged because it brings with it power. The point, of course, is not to get people further hooked on suffering but to free them to learn about joy, effectiveness, productivity, abundance, and liberation. They need to listen to their own and to others' stories and to acknowledge where their pain is so they can open up the door to growth and change — not to bludgeon each other with it.

  • There is often in people to whom 'the worst' has happened an almost transcendent freedom, for they have faced 'the worst' and survived it.

  • The capacity to sacrifice, like any skill, always needs some fine tuning. It is one thing to sacrifice briefly one's sleep to comfort a child with a bad dream; it is quite another for a mother to sacrifice her whole career for a child. It is one thing for a father to sacrifice his desire to go fishing today because he needs to go to work to feed the family; it is quite another to work for forty years at a job he hates. ... often such massive sacrifice, if not a result of cowardice, comes from an inability to discriminate beween giving that is necessary and life-giving and giving that brings death to the Martyr and hence to those around him or her.

  • It is important to use all knowledge ethically, humanely, and lovingly.

Carol S. Pearson, U.S. writer, consultant

(1944)