The Divided Life

The divided life is wounded life, and the soul keeps calling us to heal the wound.  Ignore that call, and we find ourselves trying to numb our pain with an anesthetic of choice, be it substance abuse, overwork, consumerism, or mindless media noise.  Such anesthetics are easy to come by in a society that wants to keep us divided and unaware of our pain – for the divided life that is pathological for individuals can serve social systems well, especially when it comes to functions that are normally dubious.

Parker J. Palmer, A hidden wholeness


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  1. Some wounds never heal and maybe they are not meant to. Some are too deep for any anesthesia. Some wounds remind us that we are still alive and have something to heal. If we cant heal our own wounds properly sometimes we can help put a bandage on anothers wound. Institutions are great at capitalizing on any wounds..

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