The Tyranny of Guilt

This is a searing, provocative, and psychologically penetrating account of the crude thought and bad politics that arise from excessive bad conscience.

The Tyranny of Guilt

Author: Pascal Bruckner

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400834310

Page: 264

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Fascism, communism, genocide, slavery, racism, imperialism--the West has no shortage of reasons for guilt. And, indeed, since the Holocaust and the end of World War II, Europeans in particular have been consumed by remorse. But Pascal Bruckner argues that guilt has now gone too far. It has become a pathology, and even an obstacle to fighting today's atrocities. Bruckner, one of France's leading writers and public intellectuals, argues that obsessive guilt has obscured important realities. The West has no monopoly on evil, and has destroyed monsters as well as created them--leading in the abolition of slavery, renouncing colonialism, building peaceful and prosperous communities, and establishing rules and institutions that are models for the world. The West should be proud--and ready to defend itself and its values. In this, Europeans should learn from Americans, who still have sufficient self-esteem to act decisively in a world of chaos and violence. Lamenting the vice of anti-Americanism that grips so many European intellectuals, Bruckner urges a renewed transatlantic alliance, and advises Americans not to let recent foreign-policy misadventures sap their own confidence. This is a searing, provocative, and psychologically penetrating account of the crude thought and bad politics that arise from excessive bad conscience.

An Imaginary Racism

‘Islamophobia’ is a term that has existed since the nineteenth century. But in recent decades, argues Pascal Bruckner in his controversial new book, it has become a weapon used to silence criticism of Islam.

An Imaginary Racism

Author: Pascal Bruckner

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1509530665

Page: 204

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‘Islamophobia’ is a term that has existed since the nineteenth century. But in recent decades, argues Pascal Bruckner in his controversial new book, it has become a weapon used to silence criticism of Islam. The term allows those who brandish it in the name of Islam to ‘freeze’ the latter, making reform difficult. Whereas Christianity and Judaism have been rejuvenated over the centuries by external criticism, Islam has been shielded from critical examination and has remained impervious to change. This tendency is exacerbated by the hypocrisy of those Western defenders of Islam who, in the name of the principles of the Enlightenment, seek to muzzle its critics while at the same time demanding the right to chastise and criticize other religions. These developments, argues Bruckner, are counter-productive for Western democracies as they struggle with the twin challenges of immigration and terrorism. The return of religion in those democracies must not be equated with the defence of fanaticism, and the right to religious freedom must go hand in hand with freedom of expression, an openness to criticism, and a rejection of all forms of extremism. There are already more than enough forms of racism; there is no need to imagine more. While all violence directed against Muslims is to be strongly condemned and punished, defining these acts as ‘Islamophobic’ rather than criminal does more to damage Islam and weaken the position of Muslims than to strengthen them.

False Guilt

False Guilt helps believers truly grasp the fact that they have already been made clean--they don't need to make themselves clean through impeccable performance.

False Guilt

Author: Steve Shores

Publisher: Navpress Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780891097624

Page: 216

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Shores explains that God desires not performance from us, but thanksgiving. His longing is that we simply come to Him in gratefulness rather than hoping to earn His acceptance through an agonized and distant performance of burdensome duties. False Guilt helps believers truly grasp the fact that they have already been made clean--they don't need to make themselves clean through impeccable performance.

Without Guilt and Justice

37 WITH THE DEATH OF JUSTICE , the tyranny of guilt comes to an end . For
without justice there is no guilt . To say that anyone is , or feels , guilty is to say
that he deserves , or feels that he deserves , punishment . Once it is seen that
nobody ...

Without Guilt and Justice

Author: Walter Arnold Kaufmann

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Page: 274

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A proposal for a new and liberating human ethic: creative autonomy.

Power of the Cross

AFTER THE CHOICE - GUILT Concerned Women for America produced a
powerful video of sixteen women giving their ... THE TYRANNY OF GUILT As a
counselor for many years , I have dealt with scores of people , both men and
women ...

Power of the Cross

Author: Tim F. LaHaye

Publisher: Multnomah

ISBN: 9781576732120

Page: 272

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This best-selling author compellingly illustrates the power of the cross to transform modern-day lives.

The Sedona Method

the. Tyranny. of. Guilt. and. Shame. Guilt and shame are tricky feelings that cause
so much unnecessary suffering. Nearly identical in the way they work within us,
guilt and shame generally form a single complex. But while it is possible to feel ...

The Sedona Method

Author: Hale Dwoskin

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780971933415

Page: 414

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Your key to lasting happiness, success, peace and emotional well-being.

Humanitas

GUILT , ASPIRATION AND THE FREE SELF * John C . Hoffman remembering
ovest , we may beessed by of morain things ... or conversely , with the genesis of
a free yet moral self , a self which is moral yet not enslaved by the tyranny of guilt
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They Never Go Back to Pocatello

Guilt by inheritance works simply . If any one of your ancestors were guilty of
Communism or of being security risks , then you are guilty too . This doctrine
reached a climax in the case of Corporal Walter W . Kulich of Aberdeen , Wash . ,
who ...

They Never Go Back to Pocatello

Author: Richard Lewis Neuberger

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Page: 375

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For more than a generation, Neuberger's byline was linked with the politics and social trends, the rugged mountains and evergreen forests of the Pacific Northwest.

The Tyranny of Choice

A brilliant study on the nature of choice and how limitless freedom can lead to despair.

The Tyranny of Choice

Author: Renata Salecl

Publisher: Profile Books(GB)

ISBN: 9781846681868

Page: 184

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We are encouraged from all sides to view our lives as being full of choices. Like the products on a supermarket shelf, our careers, our relationships, our bodies, our very identities seem to be there for the choosing. But paradoxically this seeming freedom to choose can create extreme anxiety, and feelings of inadequacy and guilt. The Tyranny of Choice explores how late capitalism's shrill exhortations to 'be oneself' can be a tyranny which only leads to ever-greater disquiet and how insistence on choice being a purely individual matter prevents social change.With wisdom, humour and sensitivity, Renata Salecl examines the complexity of the essential human capacity to choose which has become mired in consumerist ironies.

Pynchon Notes

Therefore , when American writers try ( as they always do ) to reject
predestination ( the tyranny of the past ) and total depravity ( the tyranny of guilt )
in favor of originality and innocence , they are bound to see their exit from
Puritanism as a ...

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A Brief Eternity

Is there not a profound joy in being alive at the age when our ancestors already had one foot in the grave? This book is dedicated to all those who dream of a new spring in the autumn of life, and want to put off winter as long as they can.

A Brief Eternity

Author: Pascal Bruckner

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1509544348

Page: 180

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There is one fundamental thing that has changed in our societies since 1950: life has got longer. Over the last few generations, 20 or 30 years have been added to the duration of our lives. But after the age of 50, human beings experience a kind of suspension: no longer young, not really old, they are, as it were, weightless. It is a reprieve that leaves life open like a swinging door. The increase in life expectancy is a tremendous step forward that upsets everything: relations between generations, patterns of family life, the very meaning of our identity and our destiny. This reprieve is both exciting and frightening. The deadlines are getting shorter, the possibilities are shrinking, but there are still discoveries, surprises and upsetting love affairs. Time has become a paradoxical ally: instead of killing us, it carries us forward. What to do with this ambiguous gift? Is it only a question of living longer or living more intensely? To continue along the same path or to branch out and start again? What about remarriage, a new career? How to avoid the weariness of living, the melancholy of the twilight years, how to get through great joys and great pains? Nourished by both reflections and statistics, drawing on the sources of literature, the arts and history, this book proposes a philosophy of longevity based not on resignation but on resolution. In short, an art of living this life to the full. Is there not a profound joy in being alive at the age when our ancestors already had one foot in the grave? This book is dedicated to all those who dream of a new spring in the autumn of life, and want to put off winter as long as they can.

Perpetual Euphoria

In Perpetual Euphoria, Pascal Bruckner takes up these questions with all his unconventional wit, force, and brilliance, arguing that we might be happier if we simply abandoned our mad pursuit of happiness.

Perpetual Euphoria

Author: Pascal Bruckner

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400835976

Page: 256

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Happiness today is not just a possibility or an option but a requirement and a duty. To fail to be happy is to fail utterly. Happiness has become a religion--one whose smiley-faced god looks down in rebuke upon everyone who hasn't yet attained the blessed state of perpetual euphoria. How has a liberating principle of the Enlightenment--the right to pursue happiness--become the unavoidable and burdensome responsibility to be happy? How did we become unhappy about not being happy--and what might we do to escape this predicament? In Perpetual Euphoria, Pascal Bruckner takes up these questions with all his unconventional wit, force, and brilliance, arguing that we might be happier if we simply abandoned our mad pursuit of happiness. Gripped by the twin illusions that we are responsible for being happy or unhappy and that happiness can be produced by effort, many of us are now martyring ourselves--sacrificing our time, fortunes, health, and peace of mind--in the hope of entering an earthly paradise. Much better, Bruckner argues, would be to accept that happiness is an unbidden and fragile gift that arrives only by grace and luck. A stimulating and entertaining meditation on the unhappiness at the heart of the modern cult of happiness, Perpetual Euphoria is a book for everyone who has ever bristled at the command to "be happy."

Guilt

The more irrational , unbalanced , narrow , and unrealistic their perceptions are ,
the more controlled they become by the guilt feeling . The more dominated and
determined by the feeling of guilt they are , the more enslaved by the tyranny of ...

Guilt

Author: Philomena Agudo

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780895710086

Page: 144

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Confessing Guilt in South Africa

Deliver us from the tyranny of neurotic guilt . Enable us by thy grace meaningfully
to explore the nature of our human predicament in relation to the past , that we
may more rightly serve the world , which struggles against itself in guilt , as Thou
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Confessing Guilt in South Africa

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Infinite Desire

Any guilt - emotional, religious, or legal - is fiendishly intense. The word itself conjures a mysterious intensity of indebtedness and regret. Infinite Desire goes to the heart of this mystery.

Infinite Desire

Author: Paul Oppenheimer

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781568331737

Page: 127

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Guilt makes no compromises. One may be a little in love or a little angry, but the idea of degrees of guilt is meaningless. Any guilt - emotional, religious, or legal - is fiendishly intense. The word itself conjures a mysterious intensity of indebtedness and regret. Infinite Desire goes to the heart of this mystery. Its theme, the tyranny of guilt, is explored from a wide variety of perspectives and through a series of often startling anecdotes. Paul Oppenheimer examines the sources of the word "guilt"; languages and cultures without the concept of gui

The Paradox of Love

Drawing on history, politics, psychology and pop culture, the author traces the roots of sexual liberation to explain love's supreme paradox, and concludes that love's messiness, surprises and paradoxes are not merely the sources of its ...

The Paradox of Love

Author: Pascal Bruckner

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691149143

Page: 266

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Drawing on history, politics, psychology and pop culture, the author traces the roots of sexual liberation to explain love's supreme paradox, and concludes that love's messiness, surprises and paradoxes are not merely the sources of its pain--but also of its pleasure.