Excellent stuff as ever Duncan,
You have a great gift for the folk-tale!
Targets that I had not met. Standards that I wasn’t living up to. Requirements that I had failed to observe. A falling-short. A failure to reach out. A missing of the mark.
....and there we have perfectly summarised religions greatest weapon of control against the human spirit - guilt. As Willy The Shake said, 'The mind of guilt is full of scorpions'. Early Christianity seems to have been a much happier way of thought until Augustine perfected the techniques of self-loathing and attached guilt like a barnacle to spirituality. He infected the Western World with this thinking, to which every religion still pays homage today.
Keep them coming, one a week please....lol
From a good friend to a good friend - HS