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August 1988

Easier Than Falling Off a Log

As a child, I was tense, irritable, and angry, quick to blame others for my misery. My well-meaning parents taught me that I should forgive those who had wronged me, which reinforced my feeling of self-righteous anger. I learned to hold onto and savor that poisonous self-righteous anger until I could achieve sanctimonious and pious forgiveness. I grew to enjoy the feeling of power that the act of forgiveness gave me.

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