I was reading Bush is Certifiable last eve over on Information Clearing House. It's author, Paul Levy, who calls himself "healer...a spiritual and political activist," is into quoting Jung a lot. I've always enjoyed Jung because, as we all know...
fairy tales can come true
it can happen to you
if you're Jung at heart
Okay, sorry, it's just that it's early in the day and my mood is still playful from a good night's rest. But I digress.
Anyway, a couple of quotes from Levy's Bush is Certifiable to give you some flavor of its tenor:
"Though describing Hitler, Jung just as easily could have been describing Bush when he said that he had a 'conceit that bordered on madness, a very mediocre intelligence combined with the hysteric’s cunning and the power fantasies of an adolescent.' Bush is acting out the adolescent fantasies of a war of good versus evil with our living sons and daughters as his toy soldiers...
"Being inflated, Bush doesn’t relate to other human beings as being autonomous or independent, but as pawns to serve his own narcissistic blindness and masturbatory fantasies."
But what I really took away from Levy's treatise was Bush, as our agent on the global stage, is merely a reflection of what we, as a nation, have become.
Well, I recognize this blog as a repository for my revulsions at our nation as it manifests itself with increasing darkness and evil, but it's the same darkness and evil it purports to be challenging globally with every shard our leadership manages to chip from our Bill of Rights. And I'm aware that my daily rants here are little more than releasing steam to avoid an explosion.
But I've also suspected that does little towards solving our problem. Certainly the bile spewed here isn't healthy on a personal level. And that's kind of what I took from Levy's article. That in some perverse Jungian way, in fighting off my own darkside demons, I'm only enabling Bush to expropriate 'em, adding to his growing shadow-self of delusionary powers.
Certainly, if healing is to begin, one should probably begin at home, by getting healthier. Wow, who knows? It's so New Agey, but what if we all got out of this Bush funk we seem to operate under every day, week in, week out, month after month for the past five plus years? Maybe as healthier individuals, our communities would become healthier, and the wimpy penishead president's power (<--see, this isn't going to be easy!) will shrivel to impotence, crushing him under the weight of his own delusions?
Or maybe not. But at least a kinder me would manifest a healthier me and that may be the single most significant thing I can do to help us as a nation out of our malignant malaise.
I guess this thinking was inspired by a venture over to John Farr's FarrFeed site this morning Writing in "I Just Don't Get it Anymore," Farr says:
"I just turned on the little 13-inch Sony and watched 20 minutes of the Comedy Channel, namely the last half of the Daily Show and the first ten minutes of the Colbert Report, and none of it was funny in the least. These are hot items, these shows, right? What the hell is going on here? [rhetorical question]"
Farr explains how in our culture, without TV, America seems to have no culture. And as I read of some of the things he can see sans the boob tube, things like animals, "rainclouds, trees, and mountains" I sat in envy.
So, desirous of regaining the ability to see these things again, it is my hope to become a kinder, gentler blog. I'm sure it won't happen overnight, but if I consciously work at it, maybe in time I'll become healthier of mind and, in some minute way, the nation will too.