‘But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men…Woe unto you… for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgement, mercy, and faith: these ought ye have done, and not to leave other undone.’
This is in important passage in two senses. First, it shows how the superego of our culture (religious and secular alike) needs to be scrutinised, revised, and if necessary, even ‘pulverised’. The great lesson of human history is that it is only a matter of time that we get entangled in its thickness. This ‘shadow authority’ not only can distort Revelation and the freshness of God’s knowledge.
The second aspect of keeping this superego under control is about our individual freedom. The authority represented by the Pharisees, which is becoming more and more rigid if left unchecked - actually if ‘not prayed through’ -can suppress individual creativity, the freedom of the soul, the joy of having fresh insights into God’s love, and the acting out of this newly experienced Love.
Perhaps, living with an unchecked superego of our culture explains a lot of how ‘fake news’ start controlling our life and we are left deprived of the real conditions of the human heart.
These are verbal Icons, expressions of how the world is seen from Saint Augustine's..