Self-expression often lacks self-restraint |
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".
"Leaving to the medical profession those who are suffering from functional and organic disturbances, which affect the mind, our problem is to inquire into the reason for the many marginal or fringe cases of mental instability. Coming quickly to the point, it appears to be this: Our generation has been raised on the idea of "self-expression," which being translated negatively, means there should never be any self-restraint. Every desire and impulse, which satisfies the ego, is considered good, any form of self-denial, or repression of biological urges, is considered as harmful to the personality. The ego is flattered and pampered, even to a point where children are raised on the theory that they should never be disciplined, much less punished or reprimanded for their selfishness."