My friend has challenged me to think about “existential neurosis”, a term that the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen, according to my friend, described as “the lingering doubt, fear, or thought that stalks us through the night, that says we have no real, intrinsic worth or value, and that life is meaningless”.


My friend believes that “existential neurosis” is “the major underlying factor for many forms of mental illness”; it is, he says, “a plague stalking mankind”.


I think, ...


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