Beyond Anxiety: The Christian Answer to Fear, Frustration, Guilt, Indecision, Inhibition, Loneliness, Despair

Beyond Anxiety: The Christian Answer to Fear, Frustration, Guilt, Indecision, Inhibition, Loneliness, Despair

Beyond Anxiety: The Christian Answer to Fear, Frustration, Guilt, Indecision, Inhibition, Loneliness, Despair

Beyond Anxiety: The Christian Answer to Fear, Frustration, Guilt, Indecision, Inhibition, Loneliness, Despair

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IT IS TO W. H. Auden that we owe the characterization of our time as the Age of Anxiety. Thoughtful people generally would agree with the designation, however much their views might differ as to the causes and cures.

Of course, this does not imply that men were not anxious before these days. But it seems that a great many more people--at least among the articulate, perhaps especially among the articulate--feel insecure. Further, large corporate factors, which are particularly marked in our age, have been operating as important causes for widespread uneasiness. These would include everything from the two increased mobility of the population to our more widespread and devastating practice of war. For example, the very existence of nuclear physics throws a large parenthesis around all our little securities and puts a large ± sign in front, modifying all the little securities with a larger insecurity. If more people are more fearful, it is because there is more to be afraid of; if more people feel guilty, it is because they have more to be guilty about; if more people are plagued by a sense of meaninglessness, it is because there are fewer meaning left unthreatened. If these larger matters are part of the cause of the present malaise in personal life, then part of the cure is remedying these large disorders. Until we do no one will feel really secure. Thus no approach to personal security should proceed on the hope-- or wish--that the individual can be rendered insensitive to . . .

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