“The following quote is from Hobart Mowrer, “Sin, the Lesser of Two Evils,” American Psychologist, 15 (1960): 301-304. Hobart Maurer committed suicide in 1982 at the age of 75. He was a professor at Yale, Harvard, and president of the American Psychological Association.”
Now, stumblers all, read this very carefully, please:
“For several decades, we psychologists have looked upon the whole matter of sin and moral accountability as a great incubus, and acclaimed our liberation from it as epic-making.
But at length we have discovered that to be free, in this sense to have the excuse to
being sick rather than being sinful, is to court the danger of also becoming lost.
This danger, I believe, is betokened by the widespread interest in existentialism which we are presently witnessing. In becoming a-moral, ethically neutral, and free we have cut the very roots of our being, lost our deepest sense of selfhood, and identity. And with neurotics themselves, we find ourselves asking, who am I, what is my deepest destiny, and what does living really mean?”
This blogger failed to note the one interesting thing about the person who claimed these words though: that Mowrer was an atheist thinker, who with this declaration, said much more than I think he ever planned on saying on this subject. Whoops.
(Also, is it Mauer or Mowrer? Psych students, clarify this, please, lulz.)