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Human Condition

  • is the consequence of original sin or ‘the Fall’
  • tends to look for happiness in everyone and everything but God
  • seeks security in possessions, power and control, or affection and esteem
  • demands compensatory responses for the emotional programs for happiness when they are frustrated
  • involves the tendency to sin because of these frustrations and unmet expectations or demands
  • hinders coming into contact with our True Self 
  • has addictive tendencies 

  • IG: 72, 74
  • MC: 16, 38
  • JC: 77-78
  • TS: 29
  • OMOH: 88, 127-128
  • *OMOH: 88, 158, 188
  • DT& A: 8
  • HC: 31 

The feeling of separation from God is our ordinary psychological experience of the human condition. This misapprehension is the cause of our efforts to look for happiness down every path that we can possibly envision, when actually it is right under our noses.

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The feeling of separation from God and others is the ordinary psychological experience of the human condition. This misapprehension results in our efforts to look for happiness down every path that we can possibly try. We simply do not know where lasting happiness is to be found.

When the security symbols we seek to gratify are missing, we try to bolster our fragile self-image with whatever possessions or power symbols we can find in our environment. In returning to God, we take the reverse path, which is to let go of all that we want to possess.

Each of us has a significant dose of the human condition. Catholic theology has called it the consequences of original sin. We come into the world not knowing true happiness, which is the experience of God.

As adults, we attempt to handle difficult situations by repression or by satisfying our emotional programs for happiness. These normally do not work and this leads to frequent if not habitual frustration which can eventually cause an addiction. Thus, the human condition encourages the tendency to sin and impedes contact with our True Self. Facing what one most dislikes in oneself and surrendering to the purification process hastens the healing and transforming process.


 

 Reflection: Listening

The human condition separates us from our True Self.

Reflection: Reflecting

What is happiness? Where do you seek happiness?

Reflection: Responding

Let go, at least in intention, of all that you possess.

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