No falcon, monk…

tumblr_mhj5b5PTDD1qz4d4bo1_500No falcon, monkey or fawn would ever consider someone who locked them up and barked orders at them to be their benefactor. Even if you offered them as much food and water as they could consume, a comfortable shelter our of harm’s way, and the chance to indulge in every other pleasure under the sun (from sleep to sex), the first time they catch sight of a hole in the fence, those animals would immediately hightail it out of there.

Enrico Manicardi

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The Metropolis, the Human Psyche, and Discontent

This video is part of a series in the Seattle area that questions the premises of the idea of the “Metropolis” and its very real impacts upon our lives.

Built upon our modern mythos of Progress is the question of dependency and the means of survival in mass society. With each facet of urban survival (electricity, gas, rent, food, etc.), the citizen is required to further embed themselves within the metropolis, to work for it, in order to pay for it. It is only once those demands are met that the majority of citizens are granted the means to survival.

This is a life sentence of sorts- it is the sacrifice of people’s entire lives being led for them, their energies channeled, and their days accounted for. With each move toward this dependency, we lose our capacity to experience any other world. The world that was once wild, the anti-metropolis; a world that is increasingly the non-reality for many of us. Continue reading

“We think we progress wonderfully in the arts

Image“We think we progress wonderfully in the arts and sciences as one century follows another. What does it amount to? It does not teach us the all-why. It does not let us cease to wonder what it is that we are doing, where it is that we are going. It does not teach us why the green comes again to the old, old hills in the spring; why the benign balm-o’-Gilead shines wet and sweet after the rain; why the red never fails to come to breast of the robin, the black to the crow, the gray to the little wren; why the sand and barrenness lies stretched out around us; why the clouds float high above us; why the moon stands in the sky, night after night; why the mountains and valleys live on as the years pass.

The arts and sciences go on and on – still we wonder. We have not yet ceased to weep.

And in the midst of our great wondering, we wonder why some of us are given faith to trust without question, while the rest of us are left to eat out our life’s vitals with asking.”

– Mary MacLane, “I Await the Devil’s Coming”

Mythology and the Human Psyche-Spirit, Part I

The following is the first part of an on-going dialogue concerning myth, the human psyche, spirit, all within the context of revolt in the modern world. All responses and critiques are welcome.

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“Shake a rattle that sounds like falling rain, and rain will presently fall. Celebrate a ritual of sexual intercourse, and the fertility of nature will be furthered. An image in the likeness of an enemy, and given the enemy’s name, can be worked upon, stuck with pins, etc., and the enemy will die. Or a piece of his clothing, lock of hair, fingernail paring, or other element once in contact with his person can be treated with a like result.”

When delving into the deep realms of psychology, we’re discussing a relatively recent articulation of phenomena as a scientific inquiry. Nerves and electric impulses can only explain a mere fraction of this phenomenon, which is as much non-physical as it is physical. Psychology is, in this sense, a clinical term for the human spirit. The spirit, by this definition, responds to rituals and rites in immense ways, as shown by Carl Jung’s archetypes of the psyche, and Joseph Campbell’s exploration of inner psychological development in relation to mythology. What the latter posits is that something important happens in us when directed by stories, and what we learn from them is not from an intellectual study or analysis of them, but from a belief in the stories themselves.  Continue reading

Interpretive Analysis of D.H. Lawrence’s “Apocalypse”

423330767_1197ac5b52_zIn Apocalypse, D.H. Lawrence conveys an analysis that is, through interpretation, ultimately spiritual yet anti-religious, anti-state, and pro-destruction. He remains highly critical of the scientific conception of the world, or in his words, the cosmos. The very naming, or reduction of the sun or moon, for example, to its physical attributes, and nothing else, results in the disenchantment of them, and thus of the natural world as a whole. As this effect accumulates, the human species becomes increasingly distant from its context, until totally metaphysically, or spiritually, disconnected. When our world holds no value in and of itself, or for itself, it can only be seen as a resource – its only value being monetary value, extracted value, death value. Lawrence’s words are poetic at best, and explaining my interpretation of it will result in the retention of some poetic language, while (hopefully) avoiding complete incomprehensibility.  Continue reading