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"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]



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