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Venturing Beyond the Bounds of our Comfort Zone

Of all the ironies, is there any greater than the fact that we work (or at least labour) extremely hard to build a comfortable life only to then discover that this comfort atrophies into debilitating states of depression or numbness? It used to only afflict those at midlife, but with the advent of the quarter-life crisis, we are being provoked to get real earlier than ever before.

We empathise with protagonists such as Frodo. Why on earth would one want to give up the…

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Added by marcus dabb on May 30, 2021 at 6:51pm — No Comments

Alive in the Darkness

 “As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being”  ~ Carl Jung

 

Jung's quote evoked the memory of a deeply sad and grief-stricken moment in my life. My husband walked out one day, and many months later, I accepted that it was likely the end of our marriage. 

 

I felt extraordinary fatigue in the pit of my soul. The world became a vast,…

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Added by Shira Marin, PhD on May 27, 2021 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

PROVEN CONSPIRACY THEORIES

CONSPIRACY - is defined as: "an agreeing or planning of two or more people to commit an evil [or negative] act in concert".

Warning: The following unpopular information is presented and discussed candidly, to advance our understanding of the human path behind us, and before us. Some readers may find this open discussion offensive, if taken personally. 

Once we learn to transcend our lifetimes of cultural conditioning that function like…

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Added by Steve Staniek on April 23, 2021 at 6:31am — No Comments

Input on mythical image

I am a sculptor working in intuitively derived mythical/archetypal imagery. I find others often help me recognize the source of these images.  I would appreciate anyone who might have input on the central figure in the sculpture photo below.  The piece is named: The Nocturnal Parsing of the Incubus:; however the more I research the image the more it seems to me it is something other than and incubus.  Any input would be appreciated.…

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Added by Brad Burkhart on April 13, 2021 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Sculpture of the Month Series-Brad Burkhart, Sculptor

I am a sculptor working in mythical/archetypal imagery derived from intuitive sketching.  I currently publish a Sculpture of the Month Series where I talk about one piece in depth.  Below is the April entry.  You can see and comment on others on my website: https://www.burkhart-sculptor.…

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Added by Brad Burkhart on April 13, 2021 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Barry's Blog # 365-7: We Contain Multitudes, Parts 1-3 of 3

Part One

Racist White Blues Cats

Do I contradict myself?

Very well then, I contradict myself,

(I am large, I contain multitudes.) – Walt Whitman

I’m a lifelong fan of African American music, especially Blues, and I’ve written about the subject extensively in Chapter Eleven of my book, as well as …

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Added by Barry Spector on April 6, 2021 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Leadership Lessons for Effectively Speaking Up

As we begin to emerge from the tragic worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, many of us have reexamined our priorities based on what we truly believe in and care about. How can we reenter the post-pandemic world so that it supports what most matters to us, rather than just letting old habits take us over or responding to nihilistic…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on March 29, 2021 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 178: Cultural Appropriation, Part Seven of Seven

Well, I thought I was done with this theme. But then I had an opportunity to attend the wonderful Bioneers conference, which has devoted much energy to the concerns and values of tribal people.

There, I attended a “council” workshop on cultural appropriation  and heard many of…

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Added by Barry Spector on March 17, 2021 at 3:23pm — 1 Comment

Barry’s Blog # 364: Odyssey in Southeastern Mexico, 1989

¡Bienvenudo al Mundo Tercero! Driving south from Texas in a huge SUV with my friend Michael who is on his way to do anthropology field work in Belize. Me, I’m simply escaping an unbearable emotional crisis at home, the breakdown of my marriage and all I had ever thought of as normal. All is illusion, Maya.

We have great conversations as I grieve inwardly – Jazz on the tape deck – tiny, thatched huts – transition from desert to semi-tropics,…

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Added by Barry Spector on March 3, 2021 at 11:35am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 363: Creative Etymology for a World Gone Mad, Part Three of Three

How powerful are the words we use? How have they influenced the narratives we tell ourselves about ourselves? To really understand, we need to know how Christianity arose.

Only monotheistic thinking, with its simplistic dualisms, sees difference as a threat to be eliminated; whatever isn’t aligned with our god must necessarily follow his opposite. Here is a clue: if your people consider their story to be literally true and other people’s stories are…

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Added by Barry Spector on February 19, 2021 at 11:39am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 362: A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election, Part Twenty-Three

Conclusion with Three Questions

First Question: Why was Joe Biden nominated?

Long before the primaries it was clear that Biden had no charisma, no base of voters, and no chance of beating Trumpus. But as I argued throughout this essay, the corporate Democrats feared their own left wing (even as the public favored it) more than it feared any Republicans. It feared the insurance companies more than the 69% of the public who supported Medicare For…

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Added by Barry Spector on January 22, 2021 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 361: A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election, Part Twenty-Two

Welcome to 2021, or 2020.2

Be there, be wild! – Trumpus

I beat the socialist! – Joe Biden

This election will not be over until the Bidens move into the White House. Prior to that event, with its possibility of bringing some degree of calm, two main events occurred. The first showed us who we might be, while the second reminded us of who we…

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Added by Barry Spector on January 10, 2021 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 360: A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election, Part Twenty-One

Part Twenty-One: 2021

Ah yes, America. The country where Republicans spend all day screaming that socialism is happening and Democrats spend all day making sure it never does. – Caitlin Johnstone

The eternal mystery of Trumpus. Of course, he’s a gross misogynist, a sadist and a racist who appears to hunger for opportunities…

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Added by Barry Spector on January 2, 2021 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 359: A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election, Part Twenty

https://madnessatthegates.wordpress.com/2020/12/21/barrys-blog-359-a-mythologist-looks-at-the-2020-election-part-twenty/

Winter Solstice

I’m very, very concerned that if you solicit votes from typically non-voters, that you will affect and change the outcome. – United…

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Added by Barry Spector on December 22, 2020 at 9:57am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 358: A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election, Part Nineteen

https://madnessatthegates.wordpress.com/2020/12/16/barrys-blog-358-a-mythologist-looks-at-the-2020-election-part-nineteen/

Mid-December

Some people take, some people get took, and they know they’re getting took, and there’s nothing they can do about it. – Shirley MacLaine,…

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Added by Barry Spector on December 17, 2020 at 11:24am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 357: A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election, Part Eighteen

December 8th

Republican corruption: There are still a few days until the Electoral College meets. We itch with uneasiness as we watch Trumpus flailing about in his tragicomic, slow motion coup, and there are some forty days of non-specific crazy left until the inauguration. Many Repub diehards, such as those on the bipartisan House and Senate Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural…

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Added by Barry Spector on December 10, 2020 at 11:13am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 356: A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election, Part Seventeen

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people – H. L. Menken

As freedom grows, the need to coerce and control opinion also grows if you want to prevent the great beast from doing something with its freedom. – Noam Chomsky

Public Education

Tens of millions of us are really dumb – or to be generous, profoundly misinformed –…

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Added by Barry Spector on November 28, 2020 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 355: A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election, Part Sixteen

Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it. – Mark Twain

Our government wasn’t set up for one group to have all three branches of government…You know, the House, the Senate, and the executive…my dad fought 76 years ago in Europe to free Europe of socialism. – Tommy…

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Added by Barry Spector on November 26, 2020 at 3:19pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 354: A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election, Part Fifteen

How Many Elephants can fit into this Living Room?

Democratic Corruption: I don’t follow each section on Repub corruption with one on Dem corruption (or incompetence) to provide balance. I’ve had plenty to say about how the media constantly engage in false equivalencies. I do it to continue my chronicle of…

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Added by Barry Spector on November 17, 2020 at 11:58am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 353: A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election, Part Fourteen

America will have a Presidential President again in Joe Biden. – The New Yorker

How does that phrase land on your soul? Are you cheering the downfall of the fascist Trumpus (as I certainly am) and a step back from the precipice of irreversible climate change? Are you celebrating a return to …

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Added by Barry Spector on November 12, 2020 at 3:36pm — No Comments

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