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A Quote re: Autonomy and Connection

A favorite quote on the themes of autonomy and connection, independence and interdependence, and empowerment and recognition:

“I met an old lady once, almost one hundred years old, and she told me, ‘There are only two questions that human beings have ever fought over, all through history. How much do you love me? And Who’s in charge?’ Everything else is somehow manageable. But these two questions of love and control undo us all, trip us up and cause war, grief and suffering…”

Gilbert, E. (2006). Eat, pray, love. NY: Penguin Books (p. 157).