Wednesday, September 22, 2004

why spelunkers of the collective unconscious?

Reality is where you start from. -FEB

I was watching cartoons one Saturday morning in 1987 with a couple of enthusiastic children, 8 and 11 years old. One of their favorites came thundering on, with a rousing chorus of "Inhumanoids, inhumanoids, the evil that lies within!" During the episode, a team of well-equipped spelunkers descended into the bowels of an eerie cavern, presumably with the intent of blowing up some hideous monster. One of the explorers turned to his nearest companion and said something along the lines of, "Did you know that in almost every society, there is a myth of an underworld, a cavern where the dead dwell?" His friend replies, "Really? Must be a part of the collective unconscious." The first man says, "Must be... But I don't really think about stuff like that much, do you?" The second man replies, "Nahhh. Me neither." And they go back to blowing things up.

"No, YOU'RE in trouble. You don't even know what your dreams mean."
Said by an aborigine to a whitefella in the movie, The Last Wave


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