71.) The ancient shamans initiated men by ritual dismemberment. As with Christ, Dionysus, and Osiris- and us- fragmentation is often a necessary phase in the transition from humiliation and abuse to self-assurance and compassionate love. Wounded heroes redeem others only because they themselves have experienced both fragmentation and restoration. There is a path to love among the ruins.

- David Richo, How To Be An Adult In Relationships