From John Powell’s book, Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am?:
- Life’s law: Use things and love people. Don’t get this confused.
- I am afraid to tell you who I am because if I tell you who I am, you may not like who I am and it is all that I have.
- Emotions are not moral (good or bad). The most common cause of fatigue and sickness is the repression of emotions. Repressed emotions can show as headaches, rashes, allergies, colds, asthma, aching backs and joints. Emotions must be integrated with intellect and will. Having emotions does not mean we always have to act on them. It’s one thing to admit you are angry. It’s another thing to act violently.
- If we want others to open up to us, we must open up to them.
- The greatest kindness you have to offer is the truth. Most of us feel that others will not tolerate such emotional honesty in our communications. We would rather defend our dishonesty on the grounds that it might hurt others. Having rationalized this, our phoniness become nobility and we settle for superficial relationships.