Have you ever had a moment in your life that you wish you could take back—a moment which, if it went another way, everything would be different? This movie provides its cast with a mysterious way to do just that. Surprisingly, by the time you get to the credits, you will know how to find that mysterious doorway in your own closet.
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They may have had very good hearted, non-abusive parents but those parents were often overwhelmed by the societal demands on them, demands that forced them to stumble through the door at night, emotionally exhausted after commuting and working long hours. It's no surprise the warm empathy, compassion and love for their children—and for themselves—had long been in desperately short supply.
If Trump picks up a majority of votes for the office those people have played against the best interests of our country by pretending they forgot what those are. Liberals promised to watch out for the poor, POC and the LGBT community, and we’ve been careful as can be except for that nonvote. We said we wouldn’t fool around with women’s reproductive rights but I think if Donald Trump wins, women who need an abortion may have to go to Australia. If you don’t do everything in your power to keep Trump out of the White House please don’t call yourself a liberal.
“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed time is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.”
from W.B. Yeats, “The Second Coming” Michael Robarts and the Dancer, 1920.
We need a new way of thinking about America and its role in the world.
There is little doubt that The United States of America is suffering from a major neurosis on a colossal scale. Given the horrors of the Election 2016 process, it is obvious to all but the brain dead and little children around the world that this year America is suffering from a severe mental illness, from which it cannot emerge as one nation. But that is just untrue.
Two current films from Asia provide heartfelt, instructive pictures of relationships in the twenty-first century. No matter where we live, the lessons of life surround us. But will we learn . . . or lose.
It seems unthinkable to link loss and change. But it is one of those peculiar paradoxes we reflect on when we undergo our dark night of the soul and are scathed. Yet somehow, somehow, an emergence from it can happen if we are fortunate, bearing our wounds and scathing with fortitude, courage, forbearance -
There is safety from the responsibility and the harsher realities of adulthood. But it robs us of seeing deeper into that fertile period between childhood and adulthood. I understand that “everybody wants some” . . . and what I want is to see beneath and beyond this façade.
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God…” (Rev. 21:1-2).
“Man, like the other animals, is originally simply the puppet of instinct, just as the infant is. Unless he is moved by instinct, he remains passive, even asleep. When instinct is aroused he reacts precipitately, with a characteristic all-or-none type of reaction. He is aware, it is true, of what he does and of what happens around him. But he has no self-awareness: psychic images flit past in his consciousness, leaving little or no trace, no residue as it were, much as a moving picture flits over the screen. As long as the picture is being thrown upon the screen, it dominates the space; when the light goes out the picture disappears from the screen and leaves no trace upon it. Such is man’s consciousness before the ego develops.” ~M. Esther Harding, Psychic Energy, p. 209.
A nation is like any alchemical vas (cauldron), into which we place the ingredients of our societies, and from which we extract our national “gold,” or “fools gold” as the case may be. In the United States we are blessed with inputs from every national, racial, religious, social, and cultural group. At times those ingredients must appear like chaos to the rest of the world, which experiences no shortage of pleasure from laughing at us, but the result is that our system allows us to select the best ideas from everyone, while bashing the worst ideas out of our culture. The result is what it is.
Today was my fourth birthday and people from the village gathered in front of our house. That day was the day of the lotus flower that came from the moon. The guests brought presents for me. When the moon lightened the night, they were all gone and that was when my Grandma came to me with tiny little red shoes in her hands.
Very painful metaphor for what happens to women everywhere.
An alternative way to think about organisations and their archetypes depends on the way the core resources are allocated, i.e. internally or externally. There are five archetypes of organisations that can be identified if we classify them based on the resource consumption and utilisation pattern viewpoint.
While this is not directly Jungian archetype, your comments on archetypes to describe organizational structure will be welcome.
We are in the midst of a transition. The old patriarchal world, which I call analog, is a world in which Newton mechanics have prevailed, through the invention of fire, and the first and second industrial revolutions. In this old world, nations were constructed within the framework of social orders that were subjugated by religions and diverse ideologies. Except for the matriarchal order, which is buried in the depths of history, all the old world orders have one common factor: men, who compose half of the world’s population, do not share power with women, who make up the other half of the world. Women have been governed through being silenced, oppressed and forced into passivity. This treatment, in spite of some exceptions, has never changed. I wonder why it is so.
Most think of a sacrifice in wartime as something heroic on the field of battle. Bob Christian died on the field of battle on April 11, 1969, but his sacrifice for me came months earlier, when we were both in training as Infantry Officers at The Basic School of the United States Marine Corps. Every Marine Ground Officer is an Infantry Officer first, so every newly minted Second Lieutenant attends The Basic School to learn the tools of the warrior’s trade.
No one can say why a man sacrifices his life for another. At the time it didn’t seem that was happening, but in the fullness of time I have come to see it that way. As a result of his sacrifice, we have three daughters and seven grandchildren. From my way of thinking, all of us, and all of our progeny forever after, owe our lives to 2nd Lieutenant Robert M. Christian, Jr., USMC.
Today is the 47th Anniversary of Bob's Death. Semper Fidelis!
Marguerite is director Xavier Giannoli’s exquisite film tribute to the strange, wonderful spirit of would be diva Florence Foster Jenkins. The film is a broad, but nuanced, direct but complex study of character, passion and culture.
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