Tuesday, June 13, 2017

On Scapegoating

All scapegoating, the process of both denying and projecting our fears and hates elsewhere, only perpetuates suffering. The scapegoat mechanism is hidden deep in the unconscious; it proceeds from our unrecognized desire to project our hostility and anxiety elsewhere.

Either we transform pain within ourselves or it is always an outflowing wound.

We are transformed when we refuse to project our anxieties elsewhere, and learn to hold and forgive them within ourselves, which can only be done by the grace of God.

God's grace doesn't project the dilemma on to any other group, race, or religion; Christ held it and suffered it and thus transformed it into medicine for the world.

Adapted from Richard Rohr

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