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My view of life from the cheap seats… Art Chartier

Co-dependence – our societal disease.

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Peanut Gallery: Co-dependence is a natural consequence of our “infinite capacity for self-deception.” We cannot look at ourselves squarely in the face of God’s truth, so we we glance at others sideways as well. It truly is a societal disease.

Rebecca Hamilton has nailed it with her definition: “Co-dependence is… the fine art of making excuses for and buying into the lies of miscreants in such a way that you help them continue misbehaving. Meanwhile, you sacrifice yourself for them and their lies.”

Why do we continue to enable other people’s bad behavior? Ask yourself – “For whom am I continually making excuses and why?” If we are honest, it’s not about them, it’s about us… lying to ourselves.

Nothing will ever change until we face up to our own complicity in perpetuating bad behavior. The definition of insanity – “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Originally posted on Public Catholic:

Raise your hand if you have a family member or friend with drug or alcohol problems.

Are your hands at your side? If they are, think carefully.

What about that cousin no one talks about? You know the one; the family embarrassment that you haven’t seen for years but that you know is out there somewhere, tippling, shooting up, snorting or pill-popping their way to an early grave. What about your high school friend who started missing classes and ended up missing in action for life?

Now. I’ll ask again. Raise your hand if you have a family member or friend with drug or alcohol problems.

Ok. Has everybody got a hand in the air? Good. Now we can talk.

If everybody was honest, there were a lot of raised hands. There is a whole lot of drinking and drugging going on. That leads to the conclusion that there…

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One comment on “Co-dependence – our societal disease.

  1. Rebecca Hamilton
    June 20, 2012

    Thanks for the re-blog!

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