« Nothing human is alien to me. »

“Most of us are embarrassed about something we have done. Perhaps we fell into an affair, abused drugs or walked away from those who depended on us. Who has not awakened at four a.m. to find grinning demons at the foot of the bed? All our aberrant actions represent a blind groping for more life, for renewal, though their consequences may be damaging to ourselves and others. If we can be honest, we will discern our selfishness, our dependencies, our fears, our jealousies and even our capacity for destruction. Not a pretty picture, but one more rounded than our bright persona, more human. One of the wisest utterances by any human came from the Latin poet Terence who said, « Nothing human is alien to me. » This maxim hurts when we apply it to ourselves.”

~James Hollis, The Middle Passage:
From Misery to Meaning in Midlife

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