Discussion by: Marbles_Just wondered what your thoughts on this are: is excessive morality harmful in the long-term and is it likely to engender too much guilt?
On a personal level, I wonder if I can ever truly live if I’m too worried about doing the right thing etc? I was brought up as an Anglican Christian, and attended church until I was about 15. At that point I decided it wasn’t really for me as I was having serious doubts about the existence of God. But, by this time, I think my behaviour and personality may have been sufficiently affected by notions of right and wrong to have stunted my growth as an individual, and it’s only in recent years that I’ve become aware of this.
I’m now 37, and for the first time I feel as though I might be able to take more control over my life; but this still isn’t easy – it’s as though once a brain pattern has been set in childhood, it becomes fixed or cemented.