Leonard Cohen On His Childhood: “It was a very wise kind of upbringing, it didn’t invite self-indulgence…You learned good manners, you know, which is better than discipline.”

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[In] the epoch, the era, the time that I grew up, psychological profiles were not fashionable. You just followed orders, more or less, and whatever you could do on the sly you did. But it was a pretty disciplined kind of existence when I was a kid. There wasn’t the kind of youth rebellion that we see today, and authority and parental control were very strong, and nobody cared what your inner condition was as long as your shoes were underneath your bed in the right way… . No, we weren’t close to our parents, we didn’t really discuss our inner condition with our parents. It was a very wise kind of upbringing, it didn’t invite self-indulgence. … You learned good manners, you know, which is better than discipline.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From 2001 interview with Stina Lundberg. Originally posted June 18, 2010 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric