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Lonely Flame ties back to Looking Glass Self in that the reflection bounced back by her peers is that she is worthless because she is not beautiful.  The "walls of hate" bring this worthlessness and isolation to the forefront because it is speaking of the internalized looking-glass self, so that she is dragging her prison around with her even when away from the company of her peers.

The label of Asylumthink can be one of 'beauty', where every deed is interpreted as being just and good. This is deceptive for that person, but on the surface pleasant. A label of 'ugly', while enlightening as to the true nature of the human heart, is hardly pleasant.

Physical appearance is the first thing that comes to mind upon hearing the word "ugly", but of course many other aspects of a person can bring down the wrath of such a label, even things as trivial as a person's clothes or haircut.

A curious way the abuse becomes internalized is that the abused will often in turn abuse others. On the surface this might appear irrational, given that the abused know how it feels. But two factors come into play. One is that pain often brings out negative behaviors. The second is that the application of abuse is at least partially a learned behavior. In many areas, for example, the school system seems to teach little beyond student on student abuse, becoming in essence a twelve year abuse food chain where the older abuse the younger. Is it a wonder many children who've fought their way upstream years on end are unkind to younger children?

But such actions cut right into the heart of the 'ugly', as they find themselves performing the very deeds they loathe. This surrounds them with hatred; hatred from others and hatred of themselves for doing similar low deeds. This self-loathing for not only being "ugly", which comes from without, but also for being 'cruel', a judgment from within, makes it immensely difficult to see yourself as a being of infinite worth, made in the image of God and unique to all of human history.

"Hate builds a wall" of unforgiveness.

"How their acts controlled you" is that when you hate, you give them control over your life.  Further, when a label is taken as being true, then we asylumthink ourselves, which is infinitely more destructive than a label applied from without.

"Reverse captivity" is the prison of hate, the most destructive thing you can do to yourself.  It is reverse because now the captivity comes from the inside out.  There is also an element here of the truth that the rebel is like the conformist, only in the opposite direction.

"See ourselves from God's view" is that we must rise above the cruel labels of worthlessness to see ourselves and even our tormentors as beings made in the image of God for whom Christ suffered the Cross.

"God to make it right" is that we have God's Word that He will make all things work together for our good.  Will we trust in this promise, and move on in our journey toward the measure of the stature of the fullness of Jesus, or will we block the move of God in our lives through unforgiveness?

"Children of the Light" is that we are commanded to return blessing for cursing, good for evil, as does the God Who loves everyone, despite their cursing His name, despite our part in driving those nails into the hands of His Son.  Forgiveness is one of the primary ways we are different than the children of darkness.

"Wicked names" ties back to Asylumthink and labeling.

"Our love stood" on the ground of the forgiveness Jesus gave us, and which we are called to pass on to others.  This is the point where the cycle of hate is shattered.

 
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