Advice to Clever Children by Celia Green

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It is never suggested that the older person would automatically feel jealousy for any consciousness into which no pre-occupation with irreversible deterioration has yet entered. The conclusion seems unavoidable that purely physical jealousy must govern the attitudes of the human race, both as individuals and collectively, towards the young. This will only be overt in the case of those children who show serious signs of living intensely or purposefully. It is most important that they should waste their time until they reach an age when purely physiological considerations will result in a sense of impotence and frustration.

The reason for existence doesn't mean a thing to me . ' — with a happy smile. If, however, it is suggested that their true attitude to reality may be hatred rather than indifference, slightly more evidence of emotional involvement will appear. If the psychotic is reminded of those areas of reality most likely to arouse feelings of impotence, such as pain, disease, ageing, death, and so on, the suggestion that it would be possible for anyone to mind very much about any of these things will be rejected with slighting comments about the person who has made the suggestion.

The form of these sentences, of course, implies that the observer has suggested that he himself minds very much about reality; but the sentences occur in this form even if the observer's remarks have been of the highest degree of impersonality. The psychotic has no resistance to being told that he is obsessionally interested in other people, but he has maximal resistance to accepting that this interest arises from his hatred of them. If he accepted this he would, of course, have to say: 'Well, I want to hate people.

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