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Carl Jung
Surface Righteousness
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Observance of customs and laws can very easily be a cloak
for a lie so subtle that our fellow human beings are unable
to detect it. It may help us to escape all criticism, we may
even be able to deceive ourselves in the belief of our obvious
righteousness. But deep down, below the surface of the
average man's conscience, he hears a voice whispering,
"There is something not right," no matter how much his
rightness is supported by public opinion or by the moral code.

[from the introduction to Frances G. Wickes' "Analysis der
Kinderseele" (The Inner World of Childhood), 1931]


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