Being hurt throughout life

October 10, 2013 Comments Off on Being hurt throughout life

Take for instance the hurt that each human being suffers from childhood.  One is hurt by one’s parents, psychologically; then hurt in school, in  university, through comparison, through competition, through saying one  must be first-class at this subject, and so on. Throughout life there is  this constant process of being hurt. One knows this, and that all human  beings are hurt, deeply, of which they may not be conscious, and that from  this all forms of neurotic actions arise. That is all part of one’s  consciousness—part hidden and part open awareness that one is hurt. Now, is  it possible not to be hurt at all? Because the consequences of being hurt  are the building of a wall around oneself, withdrawing in one’s  relationship with others in order not to be hurt more. In that there is  fear and a gradual isolation. Now, we are asking: Is it possible not only  to be free of past hurts but also never to be hurt again?  – Krishnamurti,  The Flame of Attention, pp 87-88

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