Sunday, April 28, 2013

When Power matters more than Love




“When an abused child, a rejected adolescent, or a humiliated man if finally able to deny his desire for acceptance and love, he can become a man obsessed with power and an abuser of others…The quest for power is not just instilled in men who seek revenge for their own or their fathers’ humiliations or ambitions. Power is what is valued most in patriarchal systems of all kinds, and when power matters more than love, there are terrible consequences.”

~Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, The Ring of Power: The Abandoned Child, the Authoritarian Father, and the Disempowered Feminine

Painting by Elisabeth Slettnes

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