I would say it is very important and I agree that looking at the statements and how they were presented, it might well be effected in a negative way.
The source certainly is wrong doing. The bible does not present itself in this light.
|"If, in any culture, children are taught, 'We are all equally
unworthy in the sight of God' -
"If, in any culture, children are taught, 'You are born in sin
and are sinful by nature' -
"If children are given a message that amounts to 'Don't think,
don't question, *believe*' -
"If children are given a message that amounts to 'Who are you to
place your mind above that of the priest, the minister, the rabbi?' -
"If children are told, 'If you have value it is not because of anything
you have done or could ever do, it is only because God loves you' -
"If children are told, 'Submission to what you cannot understand
is the beginning of morality' -
"If children are instructed, 'Do not be "willful", self-assertiveness
is the sin of pride' -
"If children are instructed, 'Never think that you belong to yourself' -
"If children are informed, 'In any clash between your judgement and that
of your religious authorities, it is your authorities you must believe', -
"If children are informed, 'Self-sacrifice is the foremost
virtue and the noblest duty' -
"- then *consider what will be the likely consequences for the
practice of living consciously, or the practice of self-assertiveness,
or any of the other pillars of healthy self-esteem*."
[Nathaniel Branden, _The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem_,
Bantam Books, (New York, 1994), p. 295-296]
Is self-esteem important to you? Why or why not. I personally believe a world without self-esteem would be disastrous and filled with chaos.
2 blog comments below
Bluedoll on Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:33 pm
Perhaps self-esteem requires a specific balancing force. I just don't know what that would be.
pauline123 on Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:19 pm