Thursday, July 25, 2013

Self-Consciousness and Authority

There is some link between self-consciousness and authority. When I was an undergraduate at an Evangelical college, we obsessed about self-consciousness and the inability to divest oneself of it, the inability to get back to a pre-self-conscious stage. You were stuck having chosen to choose whatever you chose.

Since I became a Catholic I haven’t once struggled with the question of self-consciousness. I think there’s a connection between self-consciousness and a lack of an ultimate authority beyond the self.

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