It is the image that gets hurt

October 10, 2013 Comments Off on It is the image that gets hurt

What is it that is hurt? One says that it is I who am hurt. What is that  “I”? From childhood one has built up an image of oneself. One has many,  many images, not only the images that people give one, but also the images  that one has built oneself: as an American— that is an image—or as a Hindu,  or as a specialist. So the “I” is the image that one has built about  oneself, as a great or a very good man, and it is that image that gets  hurt. One may have an image of oneself as a great speaker, writer,  spiritual being, leader. These images are the core of oneself; when one  says one is hurt, one means the images are hurt. If one has an image about  oneself and another comes along and says, “Don’t be an idiot”, one gets  hurt. The image which has been built about oneself as not being an idiot is  “me”, and that gets hurt.  One carries that image and that hurt for the  rest of one’s life.  – Krishnamurti, The Flame of Attention, p 88

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