On Being Real

“Everyone who has ever occupied a position in life to which tradition and opinion, [attribute and expect] a certain rigid pattern of behavior, knows very well the ponderous and incessant pressure of public opinion seeking to force one into the mold. Such types as the statesman, the headmaster, the parson, the poet, are continually subject to this pressure to become what the public expects thems to be rather than what they really are. that very expectation becomes the archenemy, the Satan of the soul. If it is not resisted the living person becomes a stylized statue; he is dead….This is murder–murder of spirit–and the murderers are the victim’s admirers and friends.”
From The Kingdom of the Real by Nicodemus (Melville Channing-Pierce)

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