Pagan & Christian Creeds; Their Origin And Meaning by Edward CarpenterPagan & Christian Creeds; Their Origin And Meaning by Edward Carpenter

Pagan & Christian Creeds; Their Origin And Meaning

byEdward Carpenter

Paperback | January 2, 2012

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1921. Excerpt: ... II THE NATURE OF THE SELF The true nature of the Self is a matter by no means easy to compass. We have all probably at some time or other attempted to fathom the deeps of personality, and been baffled. Some people say they can quite distinctly remember a moment in early childhood, about the age of three (though the exact period is of course only approximate) when self-consciousness -- the awareness of being a little separate Self -- first dawned in the mind. It was generally at some moment of childish tension -- alone perhaps in a garden, or lost from the mother's protecting hand -- that this happened; and it was the beginning of a whole range of new experience. Before some such period there is in childhood strictly speaking no distinct self-consciousness. As Tennyson says (In Memoriam xliv): The baby new to earth and sky, What time his tender palm is prest Against the circle of the breast, Hath never thought that "This is I." It has consciousness truly, but no distinctive self-consciousness. It is this absence or deficiency which explains many things which at first sight seem obscure in the psychology of children and of animals. The baby (it has often been noticed) experiences little or no sense of fear. It does not know enough to be afraid; it has never formed any image of itself, as of a thing which might be injured. It may shrink from actual pain or discomfort, but it does not look forward -- which is of the essence of fear -- to pain in the future. Fear and self-consciousness are closely interlinked. Similarly with animals, we often wonder how a horse or a cow can endure to stand out in a field all night, exposed to cold and rain, in the lethargic patient way that they exhibit. It is not that they do not feel the discomfort, but it is that they do not envisage themselves as end...
Title:Pagan & Christian Creeds; Their Origin And MeaningFormat:PaperbackDimensions:98 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.2 inPublished:January 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217882609

ISBN - 13:9780217882606