The Saddest Aspect of the Trial of Raphael Golb…

Is that his father, whom he defended so vociferously and so hazardously and so stringently, didn’t bother to attend a single moment of the proceedings.  If my child were on trial, nothing could keep me away.  How about you?  But Raphael’s father stayed home and worked.

A Sumerian proverb may fit-

cah2-gin7 cu ab-/kar\-kar-re!
i-gi4-in-/zu\ ni2-te-a-ni lugal-a-ni-ce3!-/am3\-e-ce

He snatches things like a pig, as if for himself,
but also for his owner.

I’m no psychiatrist but it sure looks like Raphael’s tale is the tragic story, too often repeated, of a son who loves his father and just, for all his faults, wants his approval.  His interest.  His notice.  I suddenly feel strangely sorry for Raphael Golb.  I have the feeling he never would have done it if his dad had shown any interest in him…

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3 thoughts on “The Saddest Aspect of the Trial of Raphael Golb…

  1. A child who tries desperately to please a parent — whilst said parent appears to blatantly ignores their child’s efforts — is generally the child of a narcissist. I know whereof I speak; in my case it was (and still is, even though I’m almost 60..) my Mother. Narcissistic personality disorder — NPD — look it up on Wikipedia. Quite fascinating … and pathetic.

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