My Mom Taught Me Words. I Fell in Love with Language. I Miss Her So.

It is important to know the difference between “I can” and “I can’t”

Martha Manning, Ph.D.
Age of Empathy
Published in
8 min readFeb 25, 2024

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I can

The overwhelming mandate of our culture is, “I can.” And if we can’t, God damn it, we will. From the time we are born inept and needy, our goal in life is to escape our helplessness by piling on…

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Martha Manning, Ph.D.
Age of Empathy

Dr. Martha Manning is a writer and clinical psychologist, author of Undercurrents and Chasing Grace. Depression sufferer. Mother. Growing older under protest.