One of my guilty pleasures is reading the updates on www.postsecret.com each week (entries are refreshed each Sunday).
According to its website, "PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard."
It's amazing what individuals disclose on this site, in sometimes a harsh, deliberate way. It can be funny, but on many occasions is sad and profound at the same time. For me, postsecret exposes raw wounds and heightens my desire to be compassionate to all those around me. For in post "secret" we learn that many evils and demons lurk hidden inside.
For example, check out the post above. We may have to make some assumptions and bring the pieces together, but I might contend this individual was a tortured soul who bridged the religiosity of "cleansing" with cutting. I cannot imagine this state, but can only pray for this nameless face.
In our own sense, how do we cleanse when needed? Is it a workout that goes well beyond the bounds of sensibility? Do we push ourselves to the finish line in hopes that "victory" will take us to some elusive, better place?
We can only judge ourselves, within our own minds. The things we do, and why we do them, is a private affair. That's why we call them secrets.