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- Parent Category: Tools to Change Society
- Category: Movies, Theatre, TV & Videos
- Created on 28 September 2014
- Last Updated on 28 September 2014
- Published on 28 September 2014
- Written by Michael Berkowitz
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Wetlands is a story of love, growth, friendship and family - tightly plotted, graphically imaged, unflinchingly pre-occupied with scatology, sex and morbidity. Still, for all the serious themes, the film is filled with rich, unforgettable imagery and humor, both in and above the gutter.
It's not the Little House on the Prairie landscape that the film's hero Helen must wade through. Its more like the bathrooms of Berlin. Helen has hemorrhoids and a more than healthy fixation with all her parts south of the equator. Her willingness to share images and her ideas on feminine hygiene may be too much for some audiences. But beyond the toilet tours, the wash of blood and fecal matter, Helen's story rewards the stalwart viewer with a well told tale of the struggles of youth.
Helen's parents are split. Her mother dabbles in every spiritual system available, stocks the home with a succession of idiosyncratic lovers and exposes more than her ideas to make a point. Helen's father is more staid, immersed in his work. Still both evidently love their daughter. Helen works to restore their relationship and her family. Similarly she strongly bonds with best friend Corinna and her boyfriend, drug dealer Michael.
Unencumbered by adult taboos, Helen explores her orifices with no inhibitions and unbridled glee. The sights, smells and taste of her body propel her growh, mediating her social landscape. She professes not to care about hygiene, refusing to wash her smoldering parts. But like the venus fly trap, uses what nature has given her to seduce.
Shot in black and white, the film is dotted with startling imagery - a pizza topped off to the strains of The Blue Danube, toilet seats being personally cleaned and a lilting long shot of Helen skateboarding down a haunted hospital hallway, gown fluttering, gloriously illuminated from behind as she rides from adolescence to growth and the promise of a relationship and renewed family.
Wetlands is based on Charlotte Roche's 2008 novel of the same name. When the film debuted at the Locarno Film Festival, David Wnendt was nominated for Best Director. Luminescent Carla Juri, as Helen, was nominated Best Actress at Sundance. With Wetlands behind them, we can only hope to see more of Wnendt and Juri.
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- Parent Category: Politics & Rhetoric
- Category: Political Psychology
- Created on 26 September 2014
- Last Updated on 26 September 2014
- Published on 26 September 2014
- Written by Skip Conover
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In order to see these images in full size, please click on the title, and then click on the image in the album on the upper left of the page. Note that images 2 and 13 are blank, for reasons beyond the scope of this post. ALL 10 of the images from the book are here.
I'm pleased to announce publication of my new book.
This post is here to allow those interested in Jungian Psychology to test how they interpret the primary images used in the book. There is an "Image Disambiguation" Page, which is linked at the bottom of this post.
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- Category: Journalism & Social Networking
- Created on 15 September 2014
- Last Updated on 15 September 2014
- Published on 15 September 2014
- Written by Meltem Arikan
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I discovered a television show called Catfish while I was lying down over the last few weeks because I’ve been suffering from Meniere’s disease. Though I know I need to stay calm to ease the attacks of vertigo from the disease, I’ve watched the show with shock that soon turned to anger, and the more I watched, the more difficult I found it to believe my eyes. I was so hypnotized that I could not press the “stop” button on the remote control.
As I observed how people build “emotional” relationships through social media without ever setting eyes on each other, and how they turn a blind eye to reality to avoid disappointment, a single sentence echoed in my mind: ignorance is bliss.
For 10 years, couples communicate through social media and text each other. Of course, they love each other. Yet they’ve never seen one another? Though the time frames of the featured stories are different, their essence is identical: one party insists on remaining hidden, coming up with various excuses; the other who cannot see her/his most beloved darling eventually becomes suspicious enough to call the Catfish team. The team starts its investigation with a simple Google search and solves the mystery by finding the hidden party and bringing both sides face to face. We witness how fake profiles have tricked victims from every age group and every culture who reached out to Catfish for help. Ignorance is bliss.
“I believe that he loves me.”
“I noticed some contradictions but I believe in the love between us.”
“I believe what she told me but…”
Then comes a classic answer from the side who perpetrated the con:
“I lied to you about most of the things except my feelings…. They were real….”
What does it take to understand the love born out of such reality and believe in such a love?
What is it to believe? What is the difference between belief without foundation and belief based on concrete facts? Believing but how? Believing but why? Are reasons needed to believe, or can belief occur without reason? When one says that one believes, how can we explain the origins of that particular belief? How should we define the nature of belief when it seems baseless?
My head spins in one direction and the world in another. Here are people who spin endlessly on a fixed axis, intoxicated with their denial of reality. Everything is spinning… but the questions spinning round in my head tire me the most. Ignorance is bliss.
The book, The Secret, revealed life’s secrets to many millions of readers. So why does the world remain as it is? The book is still out on the shelves, yet the majority are still unhappy. I don’t understand how.
I don’t understand how violence escalates in the world while thousands of people make an extraordinary effort to build peace within themselves with meditation and within the world with the power of thought or breath control. Ignorance is bliss.
While journalists are imprisoned in countries which their leaders claim to be democratically ruled, while corruption of one leader after another is revealed, and while people waste year after year of their lives in jail simply because they’ve voiced opposition, how is it that these countries’ citizens continue to choose to believe in their leaders? How can they believe that they are democratically ruled?
Isn’t it shocking in the extreme that hostility and wars proliferate although millions of us believe in religions that exhort us to love our neighbors, be better people, turn the other cheek: religions that admonish us not to steal, not to lie, and not to deceive others? I find it almost impossible to understand those who cut off and exhibit people’s heads, those who use bombs to kill babies, in this era, in the name of their religion. Ignorance is bliss.
As I think of all this, everything spins more and more. I do my best to believe that my head is not spinning, yet when I try to stand, my balance is not there.
“Why are you standing Meltem?” they ask.
“I believe my head is not spinning?”
As long as you say I believe, the others have no right to oppose you.
Sadly, reality and belief are different entities.
Sadly, reality stands weak next to belief.
Sadly, as long as you say I believe, you don’t need any concrete foundation for your claim. It isn’t ignorance: ignoring is bliss.
Meltem Arıkan is a Turkish novelist and playwright. Her fourth novel Yeter Tenimi Acıtmayın (Stop Hurting My Flesh) was banned in early 2004 by the Committee to Protect the Minors from Obscene Publications, with the accusation of "Writing about the non-existing incest fact in Turkey, attempting to disturb the Turkish family order with a feminist approach.” The ban was lifted after two months and Arıkan has been awarded with “Freedom of Idea and Statement Prize 2004” by the Turkish Publishers’ Association. She published her 9th novel in 2009. Stop Hurting My Flesh was recently republished in Turkish and will be published in English in 2014.
- Parent Category: Jungian Topics
- Category: Feminine & Masculine
- Created on 11 September 2014
- Last Updated on 11 September 2014
- Published on 11 September 2014
- Written by Jean Raffa
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In my previous post I wrote about a man who, in the middle of his life, had a powerful dream in which he briefly identified with being a woman. I’d like to explain what this means from the perspective of Jungian psychology. In his work life, this man had become a highly successful and respected authority in his field. He was a responsible, law-abiding citizen and a loving husband, father, and social benefactor. Looking from the outside, one might ask, “What more could he possibly lack or want?” What more but a satisfying and meaningful inner life?
This introspective, scrupulous man is aware of the universe beneath the surface of his life. For him, filling society’s roles, following conventional rules, and acquiring worldly success are not enough. He is realizing his fulfillment lies in coming to terms with his whole self, including his unconscious feminine side. Something deep within him wants more than external observances: it wants internal congruence. It wants more than the appearance of caring and compassion: it wants the deeply felt reality. It wants more than the attainment of social power and authority: it wants a connection with his inner spiritual power and authority.
In his book Jung and the Lost Gospels, Dr. Stephan Hoeller summarizes the psycho-spiritual task of the serious seeker: “In Jung’s psychology, women need to integrate their animus, and men must do the same with their anima; the bringing to consciousness of the contra-sexual image of each person permits entry into the kingdom of individuation and consequent wholeness.”
The word anima literally means soul. Jung saw the main qualities of the anima as relatedness and mediation, both between self and other and between ego and unconscious. The foundation for these qualities is love, or Eros, with its attributes of intimacy, harmony, tolerance, empathy, compassion, etc. In Volume 16 of Jung’s Collected Works he summarized the four stages in which a man’s anima develops: from the purely biological in which a woman is equated with the mother and only represents something to be fertilized; to an aesthetic and romantic level in which sex still dominates but woman has acquired some value as an individual; to a stage of religious devotion in which Eros is elevated to spiritual motherhood; and finally to Sophia, Wisdom.
Dreams of women show men at least two things about their unconscious selves: unknown feelings and attitudes toward femininity, and the health and maturity of their anima. In the dreams of a man who fears, distrusts, or disdains women and represses his “feminine” qualities, his anima will show up as an angry shrew, hag, witch, nag, victim, tease, or dangerous siren, and his dream ego will respond in ways typical for him in waking life. Conversely, the dreams of a man who is accepting his feminine side — i.e. getting in touch with his feelings, developing respect for women, learning to express tender emotions, becoming comfortable with intimacy, growing more understanding and nurturing in his relationships, etc. — will be visited by increasingly friendly, kind, helpful, loving, trustworthy, and profoundly fascinating women. Thus is the wicked witch transformed into the beautiful princess who awaits the prince’s kiss. Thus does the feminine Spirit Warrior awaken and bestow her blessings of self-acceptance and spiritual meaning.
Next time I’ll discuss the role of men in women’s dreams.
Dr. Jean Raffa is an author, speaker, and leader of workshops, dream groups, and study groups. She maintains a blog called "Matrignosis: A Blog About Inner Wisdom." Her job history includes teacher, television producer, college professor, and instructor at the Disney Institute in Orlando and The Jung Center in Winter Park, FL. She is the author of three books, a workbook, a chapter in a college text, numerous articles in professional journals, and a series of meditations and short stories for Augsburg Fortress Publisher.
Her most recent book is Healing the Sacred Divide. Her book The Bridge to Wholeness: A Feminine Alternative to the Hero Myth (LuraMedia, 1992) was nominated for the Benjamin Franklin Award for best psychology book of 1992. Reviewed in several journals and featured on the reading lists of university courses, it was also picked by the Isabella catalogue as a must-read for seeking women.
Dream Theatres of the Soul: Empowering the Feminine Through Jungian Dreamwork (Innisfree Press, Inc., 1994) has been used in dreamwork courses throughout the country and is included in Amazon.com’s list of the Top 100 Best Selling Dream Books, and TCM’s book list of Human Resources for Organizational Development.
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- Category: Archetypes: What Are They?
- Created on 05 September 2014
- Last Updated on 05 September 2014
- Published on 05 September 2014
- Written by Gilbert Mercier
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Despite humanity’s considerable leaps in scientific and technological progress in the past 200 years, the collective consciousness of humankind appears to have stood still or even, in many instances, to have regressed to a stage of brutality and lack of rational thinking. This regression of the collective psyche has expressed itself by a revival of fundamentalist non-inclusive monotheist religions and quest for providential men. This journey back to the darkness of magical thinking, ignorance and permanent conflict would have puzzled the Enlightenment philosophers.
Why do so many believe that some ideological constructs and special men or women can save them from their condition? Sometimes for the better, but usually for the worse, a few individuals have changed history, but providence did not bring them like a stroke from some magic wand. They came at the right place and time, and they served as the catalysts in complex chain reactions that were largely beyond their control.
The vectors of significant historical changes belong to two different, rarely intersecting categories: people of ideas and people of action. Those few who can combine ideas with actions become the historical catalysts. Of the Enlightenment thinkers, Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot and Montesquieu provided the intellectual foundation for the 1789 French revolution, but it was the men of ideas put into action such as Danton, Mirabeau, Saint-Just, and Robespierre who rose to the occasion and became leaders in the turmoil of the revolutionary process.
The revolution’s main driving force was the opposition of rationality and social justice to the notion of a French king picked by “divine providence.” The psychotic megalomania of Maximilien Robespierre almost jeopardized the entire process. The Girondins versus Jacobins infighting nearly dealt a deadly blow to the revolution. Drunk from his own power, Robespierre saw himself as a providential man and acted accordingly during the fratricidal period called “La Terreur.”
God complex, collective hypnosis and imperialism
Charismatic leaders and their permanent quest for power, combined with the collective hypnosis they can induce, usually have disastrous consequences for humankind. Very few men who became historical catalysts have managed to stay grounded in reality and to keep in mind that sound leadership can only have a positive and lasting impact if it is for the greater good of the people. The stratospheric rise of General Napoleon Bonaparte was due, not only to his military genius but also his ability to bring order from the chaos of the French revolution.
He quickly established himself as the sword to protect the new republic, a providential man with the extraordinary charisma to lead men and women on and off the battlefield. If Bonaparte started his ascent as a pragmatic leader, with his feet firmly on the ground, his trajectory took a dramatic wrong turn when he betrayed the revolutionary principles that brought him to power and crowned himself emperor on December 2, 1804. On that fateful day, which was supposed to celebrate his apogee, Napoleon became a believer of his own mythology. Paradoxically, this marked the beginning of the end of the Napoleonic adventures. Sword and protector of the great revolution no more, Napoleon had become a despot like Rome’s Julius Cesar.
Power as seduction and myth creation, versus real leadership
How do seemingly reasonable people become hypnotized by individuals like Napoleon Bonaparte or Adolf Hitler and come to regard them as godlike father figures? Again and again, the key to trigger this collective hypnosis has been a crafting of myths. The myths are often based on the pretense of having a privileged connection to the truth or having an intimate knowledge of the needs of “the people.” Manipulation by myths allows leaders to become pseudo-omniscient shepherds of powerless sheep. Added to this is mass seduction: a prerequisite for the providential men. “Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac,” said Henry Kissinger. This collective seduction has been successfully staged by the fake providential men and worst mass murderers of the 20th century, like Hitler and Stalin. By contrast, real leaders such as Haiti’s Toussaint L’Ouverture, India’s Mohandas Gandhi, Cuba’s Fidel Castro, Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh, China’s Mao Zedong and, to a lesser extent, France’s Charles De Gaulle used the undeniable connection between power and personal charisma for the greater good. These leaders were not only unquestionable historical catalysts, but also were firmly anchored in reality. Their motivations and vision were altruistic in essence, and they were ultimately willing to yield power.
On the other hand, men like Hitler, Stalin and, more recently, Cambodia’s Pol Pot have wound up believing their own myths and playing god in the delusional scenarios of their paranoia. In our days, the genuine leaders, i.e. the charismatic historical catalysts, are an endangered species. They have been displaced by the interchangeable technocrats of capitalism. Since the globalization of corporatism, money has become a deity for a diffuse leadership in a godless and faceless system, and we have witnessed the revival of a brutal religious fundamentalism unseen in centuries.
Corporate imperialism and religious fundamentalism
The murderous religious fervor tearing apart the Middle-East today is a reaction to the lack of morality and brutality of the hyper-capitalist system imposed by corporate imperialism. This brand of imperialism does not build, it destroys so as to loot. It does not require an emperor but, rather, some temporary and nominal chairman of the board. The foreign legions of ISIS and other Islamists were seeded in Syria, Libya, and Iraq by the global corporate empire in the hope to destroy these countries’ statehood.
ISIS has acquired considerable momentum and its own imperialist folly: the Caliphate of the Islamic State. Soon, pseudo-providential men and want-to-be messiahs, on Sunni as well as Shiite sides, will persuade their adoring foot soldiers that they speak and act in the name of Allah and will carve, in blood, a name for themselves. The revival of the 600 year-old secular conflict between Sunnis and Shiites might have been, at first, a plan conceived by the board members of Global Empire Inc. to destroy Islam in a fratricidal all-out war. It hardly matters whether this plan was stupid or Machiavellian; it has run amok, and the mercenaries of the corporate empire will likely end up in the crosshairs of assorted Jihadists.
For a new age of Enlightenment
The anachronism of religious fundamentalism’s revival could indicate that history is cyclical rather than linear, or that at least it can suffer collective regressions. If some ideas and people may be considered vectors of progress, other ideologies and leaders can also be catalysts for disaster. In the past 200 years, hundreds of millions have died under the spell of religion and providential men like Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. As long as our infantile collective psyche continues to seek refuge in magical thinking, which is a major component of religions, or to long for father figures, which is the fault of our lengthy childhood, we will not enjoy the peace that a new age of reason could bring. A new Enlightenment is only possible if we toss magical thinking into the dustbin of history and swear off the habit of turning to self-proclaimed providential men to save us from ourselves.
Editor’s Note: Photographs five, nine and eleven by Trey Ratcliff. Photograph one by HJL. Photograph three by Ard Hesselink. Photograph four by Renaud Camus. Photograph six by Jean-Pierre Dalbera. Photograph seven by Alice Popkorn. Photograph eight from the Recuerdos de Pandora archives. Photograph ten by Emily Dickinson.
Gilbert Mercier is the Editor in Chief of News Junkie Post and one of its co-founders. Mercier is a French journalist, photojournalist and filmmaker — writer/concept writer, director, producer and art director — based in the United States since 1983. In the early 1980′s Mercier hosted and produced “Performance”, a radio show in France.
Mercier’s coverage of New Orleans in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina received international praise. Over the years, he has been a guest as an analyst on television and radio programs for RT (Russia Today), BBC World News, Progressive Radio Network, Al Hurra TV and Radio Islam. Mercier’s articles have been republished by Alternet, Truthout, CounterPunch, Z Communications, Signs of the Times, Popular Resistance, and Global Research Canada and quoted by news outlets including The Atlantic and MSNBC.
Gilbert is a member of the National Press Photographers Association and the Art Directors Guild of America. He co-founded News Junkie Post with Jason Leopold and Dolores M. Bernal in June of 2009. You may find Gilbert on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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