A College Student Writes

Are We a Product of the Past?

"Does a person's history really define his individuality?"

The professor looked me straight in the eye and told me that this was indeed the case—man is the product of an accumulated human history that has generated certain unconscious mental forces over which the individual has no real control. Everyone has his neuroses, he affirmed. It's a fact of life we all must recognize.

It seemed to me his answer only underlined the need for a better answer, for if human history is indeed in control, shaping individual lives according to various warped molds, what real hope is there for progress, individual or social? But where to find this better answer?

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To Heal Strained Relationships
April 14, 1973

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